Concrete plans for the establishment of a European Food Authority have been published by the European Commission. The EFA, which last week was given the thumbs up by the European Parliament, is regarded by Commissioner David Byrne "as the centrepiece of the Commission's strategy for a proactive food policy covering the entire food chain, from farm to fork". The Commission says the EFA's main focus will be to provide independent scientific advice and establish a network of close co-operation with similar bodies in member states. "It will have a key function in assessing risks related to all food and feed operations," said the Commission. It is expected that within three years the EFA will have a staff of 250 and a budget of some 40 million euros. {{NEWS }}