The European Parliament voted 491-5 to support proposals for the creation of the European Food Authority (EFA) yesterday, bringing the institution one step closer in a bid to remedy what British deputy Phillip Whitehead called "the neglect of decades" within EU food policy. The assembly demanded 180 amendments to the proposal however, which formed part of a wider overhaul of food regulation among EU member countries. Until now, food policy has been made on the advice of committees, made up of personnel from national administrations. Such committees have been discredited for their failure to handle crises such as BSE correctly.