Developing an effective food safety strategy is a key element to ensure safe food supplies for local, regional and international trade. The establishment of relevant and enforceable food safety policies and regulations is a pivotal component of effective food safety systems.
A two-day workshop is starting today on the National Food Safety Strategy of Tajikistan with the support of the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and in close cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. This document should contribute to the achievement of long-term goals of the country on providing safe and quality food that ensures consumers’ confidence and protects public health.
The workshop is part of an European Union-funded FAO project that supports the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Veterinary Inspection Services in improved policy formulation.
Participants of the event are representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security Committee, Ministry of Health, and the Social Protection and State Agency for Statistics.
The overall efforts aim at supporting development of the National Food Safety Strategy that is at final stage of reviewing and approval. It should establish a platform to advance official controls for food safety in Tajikistan. During the workshop, a working draft of the strategy will be presented and recent development discussed.
“Effective national food control systems are essential to protect health and safety of consumers by assuring the safety of food imports and exports,” said Oleg Guchgeldiyev, FAO Representative in Tajikistan. “It is important to align safety standards with the best international practices.”
“This workshop on the National Food Safety Strategy represents a valuable effort to strengthen the means for improving food control systems and creating a forum for national discussions on food safety issues,” added Guchgeldiyev.
Food safety is essential to ensure everyone has access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet the dietary needs and food preferences for active and healthy living.
“The strategy tends to strengthen health protection and food control system, and contribute to poverty reduction, economic development and trade facilitation,” emphasized Kosim Kurbonov, FAO food safety expert.
Since 2016 the European Union and FAO is working together to support the agricultural policy reforms in the country, including development of relevant strategies, designing institutional frameworks and strengthening the knowledge and skills of government and non-governmental institutions.
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