The Irish Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, has announced the official opening of the Food and Veterinary Office's (FVO) new purpose built building in Grange, Co Meath. The FVO is an integral part of the European Commission's (EC) Health and Consumer Protection Directorate General. It is responsible for checking that EU rules on food, live animals and plant products are complied with, both within the EU and also in third countries which export to the EU. Last year FVO inspectors carried out over 200 inspections in 52 different countries.