David Byrne, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, today welcomed the political agreement by the European Council on a regulation to set hygiene rules for food of animal origin. The measure was proposed by the European Commission as part of its general hygiene package. Food of animal origin requires special control measures due to the specific risk of microbiological and chemical hazards. Such hazards include the contamination of food with pathogenic micro-organisms such as salmonella and listeria and the presence of parasites (e.g. trichina in pork and anisakis-larvae in fish).