Assuring food safety and quality
Guidelines for strengthening national food control systems
The publication Assuring Food Safety and Quality: Guidelines for Strengthening National Food Control Systems was prepared to enable national authorities, particularly in developing countries, to improve their food control systems.
The challenges for food control authorities include:
- increasing burden of foodborne illness and new and emerging foodborne hazards;
- rapidly changing technologies in food production, processing and marketing;
- developing science-based food control systems with a focus on consumer protection;
- international food trade and need for harmonization of food safety and quality standards;
- changes in lifestyles, including rapid urbanization; and
- growing consumer awareness of food safety and quality issues and increasing demand for better information.
These Guidelines provide information for government agencies to assist in the development of national food control systems and to promote effective collaboration between all sectors involved in the management and control of food safety and quality. They highlight the importance of developing effective relationships and mutual support among government agencies and institutions involved in food control and other stakeholders, particularly the food industry and consumer groups.