Mon Dec 18th, 2006 at 11:55:20 AM EST
A brewing food scandal recently reached Brussels. It concerns Austro-Hungarian food import company Mega Trade, which forged papers in industrial fashion. Primarily post-dating the safety date, but also making up bio-certificate for supposed organic products. The Commission will investigate after a query in the EP.
One problem this case highlights is the difficulty the increasingly international trade conducted by the nexus of agrobusiness and supewrmarket chains poses to food safety control, which is still largely national.
A deeper one is just how far we are from a sustainable food production: even (what is sold as) organic food is transported for hundreds to thousands of kilometres...