FIA Video: International Standards for a Safe Food Value Chain

A risk-based approach, which includes adherence to international food safety standards, is needed to ensure that food safety is observed and enforced all along the value chain, says Mr Sridhar Dharmapuri, Senior Food Safety and Nutrition Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.

 
Mr Dharmapuri was a guest speaker at the launch of a laboratory capacity-building programme, focused on food safety testing, in Singapore last year. The programme, designed for 14 food safety scientists chosen by the six ministries of agriculture in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), was organised through a partnership among Food Industry Asia (FIA), its member companies Waters Corporation and Nestlé, and the GMS Core Agriculture Support Program (CASP) Phase ll through the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Addressing participants, Mr Dharmapuri shared about FAO’s work in the region, speaking on how the organisation supports regional governments to strengthen food safety systems.

Food safety, he said, is a multi-sectoral issue that requires public-private partnership, as well as vigilant civil society action, to both address and deliver. Furthermore, science- and evidence-based mechanisms and institutions need to be in place in order to generate data on potential food safety risks to consumers.

Conformity with international food safety standards, Mr Dharmapuri added, ensures the best quality of data for analysis, and for action by food regulatory authorities, leading to food that is handled, stored and sold safely for consumption.


Mr Sridhar Dharmapuri, Senior Food Safety and Nutrition Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, speaks to workshop participants during a laboratory capacity-building initiative for government scientists from across the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).


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