THE NEW European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has now virtually completed its legislative journey through the EU institutions and is set to begin operations in the first half of next year though we're still not sure where. Helsinki was the favourite for the seat until the Italian prime minister signor Berlusconi rudely pushed the claims of Parma, dismissing the Finns as "people who don't know what prosciutto is." A decision must surely come early in the New Year.

More certain is the shape, size and role of the new EU body. The final ...

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