GRTU has closed last week with an information session to food importers on the importance of preparing for the H1N1 Influenza Flu (Swine Flu). A detailed presentation was delivered by a representative from the Ministry for Health.
GRTU has involved its members because we believe that as a small business you are a valuable partner in our country's defence against a treat to health and the economy as the Swine Flu.
GRTU Director General, Vince Farrugia, has last Wednesday addressed enterprises, civil society and the general public at a conference entitled Awareness Raising on Standardisation. The half day conference was organised as a SMEST event and proved highly successful.
Vince Farrugia through a detailed presentation of the positive and negative aspects of standardisation for SMEs outlined why the GRTU Malta Chamber of SMEs supports standardisation for SMEs. It is a proven fact that standards give a direct contribution to the economy, in Germany standards contributed 1% to the growth and in Britain the contributed 13% to the productivity of workers.
GRTU has today written to the relevant authorities and to MEP Prof Edward Scicluna as substitute member within the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety regarding concerns that have arisen on the retailers responsibility on food information to consumers.
GRTU has presented them with a paper where we explained that the commerce sector considers the review of the food labelling legislation as an excellent opportunity to clearly define the obligations that derive from it as well as the responsibility of each operator in the food chain.
The draft "Communication on Animal Welfare labelling and the establishment of a European Network of Reference Centres for the protection and welfare of animals" aims to promote an informed debate and to provide transparent information on animal welfare in husbandry production.
According to the Commission, such a label could make it easier for consumers to identify and choose welfare friendly products and provide an incentive for industry to promote their products accordingly when they voluntarily apply higher welfare standards.
Both the analysis of the outcome of the Eurobarometer surveys 2005 and 2006 (http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/welfare/survey/index_en.htm) and the feasibility study performed to support the impact assessment report lead to the conclusion that animal welfare labelling, based on sound scientific knowledge and assessed on the basis of harmonised requirements, can enable consumers to make informed purchasing decisions and make it possible for producers to benefit from market opportunities.