The Commission of the European Union today [Wednesday] launched the procedure to find an executive director to head up the new European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). While the location of the new agency has yet to be decided, the Commission said it was forging ahead with practical planning to ensure that it can start its operations as soon as practicable. The authority is a major component of the wide ranging reform of EU food law launched by the Prodi Commission in its January 2000 White Paper on Food Safety.