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European Commission Participates in Salone del Gusto International Food Fair

October 29, 2012

TURIN, Italy, October 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

New EU video on working animals [https://vimeo.com/52372308 ]

The European Commission’s Directorate-general for Health and Consumers finishes its
participation in the international Salone del Gusto food fair in Turin, Italy with the
premiere of a video on working animals and a conference on Animal Welfare. With over
250,000 visitors from 25-29 October 2012, the Salone is one of the biggest fairs of its
kind. It offers the Commission a unique opportunity to present its work on safeguarding
the food chain for Europe’s consumers and show a new video on working animals.

From Farm to Fork Stand

On the Commission’s stand at the Salone del Gusto
[http://salonedelgustoterramadre.slowfood.com ], designed specifically for children and
families, visitors can get involved in interactive cooking demonstrations and other
activities to learn about what goes in to ensuring the “from farm to fork” policy. The
main aim is to make sure that the food on our plates is safe. In four free cooking
demonstrations per day, Turin chef Daniele Spada cooks with children and explains them the
importance of knowing where your food comes from, food safety, nutrition, animal welfare,
and also show great ways to reduce the amount of food waste.

Working animals video premiere

Today the Commission takes the opportunity presented by Terra Madre
[http://www.slowfood.com/international/10/networks ] to launch its video on the welfare of
working animals [https://vimeo.com/52372308 ] at the fair. The video is produced in
collaboration with the Brooke organization [http://www.thebrooke.org ]. It shows the work
that the Commission and the Food and Agriculture Organization are doing to improve animal
welfare in developing countries.

Animal Welfare Conference

The central topic of the Conference on Animal Welfare
[http://eventistore.slowfood.it/pagine/eng/store/evento.lasso?cod=CF43 ] is ‘A Win-Win
Opportunity for Animals, Farmers and Consumers’. Animals are sentient beings and their
welfare is a key value of the European Union. The EU has invested more than any other part
of the world in animal welfare. Together with the Food and Agriculture Organization
[http://www.fao.org/ag/againfo/themes/animal-welfare/en ] FAO, the Commission welcomes
international distinguished speakers to discuss challenges and opportunities springing up
around animal welfare. Besides their ethical value, farming practices that take into
account high animal welfare standards guarantee greater productivity, better quality, more
food safety and added value for farmers.

More information

Directorate for Health and Consumers
[http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/health_consumer/index_en.htm ]

SOURCE The European Commission DG Health and Consumers

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