Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Environment informs the food distribution sector on the Food Chain Control Plan

May 22, 2024 | Featured, Interview, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The Director General of Agri-Food Quality and Local Produce, Joan Llabrés, has explained to the main food distributors in the Balearic Islands how to comply with the law to guarantee a fair price for the product.
The Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Natural Environment, through the Directorate-General for Agri-food Quality and Local Produce, met today with the main food distributors belonging to the Confederation of Business Associations of the Balearic Islands (CAEB) to clarify how the Food Chain Law works and to ensure proper compliance with the law. The Ministry aims to ensure that producers receive a fair price for their work. In this sense, the director general, Joan Llabrés, wanted to point out that the Regional Ministry “has to ensure the correct functioning of the Law, and this includes increasing controls, as this is a demand made by the sector at the Food Chain Round Table”.

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Joan Llabrés took stock of the controls carried out in 2023 on the food chain, where twenty controls were carried out in the wine, olive oil, dairy and fruit and vegetable sectors, and 13 cases were raised, five of which were referred to the Ministry of Agriculture as they fall under state jurisdiction. “For 2024, and at the request of the sector, these controls will be increased and it is planned to carry out ten inspections in the fruit and vegetable sector – where the greatest non-compliance is found – ten in the meat sector – lamb and pork – and five in the nut sector, specifically carob and almonds,” Llabrés stressed.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Environment Department wanted to point out that the infringements found, in general, are not serious but recalled that payment deadlines must be complied with. In this sense, they reiterated that for perishable products the deadline is 30 days from receipt of the goods. However, the Regional Ministry, together with ASAJA, is working on the drafting of standard contracts to facilitate this compliance and thus speed up the bureaucratic burden. “What we also want to do is to open up a dialogue between all the agents involved to achieve common objectives that are beneficial for all”.