Food safety

Global forum of food safety regulators

Improving efficiency and transparency in food safety systems sharing experiences


Publication details

Number of pages: 219
Publication date: 2002



Because food safety should no longer be the luxury of the rich, actions need to be taken urgently to develop the capacity in particular in developing countries to assure the safety of the food supply to their populations. Building such capacities will also assist in building export capacity, improving public health and reducing poverty. It improves the confidence of all consumers in the foods that they buy in the global marketplace.

The Forum had a vibrant exchange of views on the assistance needs of developing countries and how capacity building efforts can be more effectively utilized. There was recognition that an assessment of needs and priorities of developing countries concerning technical assistance, is necessary. Many countries reported ongoing efforts of capacity building and called for more information, communication and consultation to enhance the effectiveness of these activities.

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