Meat scandal in Poland
A slaughterhouse in Poland has been secretly slaughtering sick animals at night and selling the meat on. At least 14 EU countries are reportedly affected. Authorities in Warsaw have ruled out health risks but the EU Commission has launched an investigation. The politicians haven't done their homework at any rate, commentators criticise.
EU also to blame for low-quality food
EU policies bear a large responsibility for such scandals, Večer believes:
“With the help of their lobby and a lot of money, food companies make sure that the regulations passed in Brussels are only superficially animal and environmentally friendly. Food is cheaper than ever - also because the food industry is in fact a chemicals industry. It goes without saying that contents are replaced through various tricks such as artificial flavours and flavour enhancers. ... The handful of companies that control the food market will continue to rake in profits, also aided by the EU's common agricultural policy. Because it focuses on doling out farm subsidies rather than the production of quality food at a fair price.”
Still more controls, still more sanctions
Consumers need to be able to rely on labels and quality standards, La Croix insists:
“There is no need for panic. Food safety has improved with scientific progress, new regulations and stricter controls. ... We look at our plates and insist on a balanced diet (not too much fat or sugar, enough fruit and vegetables...). And we're right. But our personal vigilance will never be enough. It must be complemented by real traceability and by effective controls. Too many products are still sold under misleading labels. We need (better) controls and (more) punishments.”