IFSA takes on European Union regulations
IFSA's International Airline Flight Group is to take on planned European Union (EU) regulations, set to increase the cost of airline passenger food and drink.
The EU has announced plans to put additional regulations in place that would effectively increase costs for airline passenger F&B without, IFSA believes, sufficient passenger benefit.
IFSA's European office is addressing issues specific to Europe, while a passenger regulations alert has been issued to all IFSA's global airlines and caterers following work on pre-clearance regulations into the U.S. for Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, South America and the Middle East. These regulations under U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) came into effect on April 1 and require retail facilities and catering services to take additional steps to ensure appropriate handling of plant and animal products from pre-clearance areas.
IFSA ceo, Joe Leader, said: “As the longstanding global association focused on the advancement of the airline onboard and catering industry, IFSA has actively represented the industry before legislative and regulatory groups, providing proindustry and passenger solutions to regulations, procedures and issues. With more than 700 million airline meals served on a yearly basis, it is imperative that IFSA boldly speaks on behalf of all companies involved to ensure the safety, security and quality of the service within the airline catering industry.” ifsa.aero