EU commissioner David Byrne said today was a "red letter" day for food safety with the entry into force of the first set of comprehensive farm-to-table food safety measures of the key new Regulation on EU food law. They include the start of the operation of the new and reinforced rapid alert system for feed and food risks and new emergency powers for the European Commission to intervene when a feed or food is likely to constitute a serious risk. At the same time a reorganisation of existing regulatory committees into a single Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health becomes effective, and the key principles on food law and transparency in food law making start applying.