|Food Policy, Devolution and Wales|
Page 7 of 8Food standards
Legislation, for example, related to food standards is complex and increasingly international and heavily constrained by EU and international legislation. In recent years, where agreement is required of the NAfW, our understanding is that this takes up a large amount of Ministerial and civil service time, receives little Welsh Parliamentary scrutiny, and has little prospect of revision. In general terms we also understand that it is often difficult to obtain comments on draft legislation from Welsh stakeholders, unless specific trade interests are affected. In this context is it considered essential that we seek primary law making powers, or do we need to target specific issues of particular public health concern to Wales and lobby at a very early stage in EU decision-making processes? Should this be left to voluntary organisations or could the legislature take a more proactive role?
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