Four ways to improve food safety and enhance trade have been put forward in a policy brief.

The document discusses trade and food safety links and highlights the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) role.

While trade can provide consumers with sufficient, diverse, and nutritious food, it can also contribute to the increased availability of unsafe food, said Markus Lipp, Vittorio Fattori, and Cosimo Avesani.

The brief suggests that to facilitate trade and ensure safe food for all at all times, countries must take further steps to improve food safety at the national, regional, and international levels and ensure the

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Moldova has been given permission to export processed poultry meat and table eggs to European countries.

The decision follows a February meeting of the Controls and Import Conditions section of the Plants, Animals, Food, and Feed (PAFF) Committee, during which member states voiced their support for the EU Commission’s draft legislation to list Moldova for these animal products.

The country had submitted a Salmonella control program in flocks of laying hens in the hope of being authorized to send class A eggs to EU countries. Class A eggs are the highest quality.

Checks were assessed by the EU Commission and double-checked during an audit carried

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The CAREC region faces severe food safety challenges but potential trade benefits of improved systems could be considerable, according to a report.

The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) includes Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Mongolia, and China.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) report provides national and regional insights to help strengthen food safety systems in the region that could enable an increase in intra-regional and global food trade. It recommends the adoption of strategies that harmonize food safety legal frameworks, regulations, and practices and improve the capacity of stakeholders to implement food standards.

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An inability of some countries to meet food safety standards of other nations and the associated border rejections contribute to food loss and waste, according to an expert policy brief.

The G20 is a forum of 19 countries and the European Union that address economic issues. It has a role in coordinating countries’ exchange of information related to standards and regulations on food traded internationally.

The G20 Insights Platform is an initiative of the Think20 network, which are think tanks that offer policy proposals to the G20. Think20 is part of the Global Solutions Initiative.

The policy brief by IPB

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The FAO has provided advice for countries wanting to create or update digital food alert systems.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) issued guidance on how to design and implement a food control electronic notification system, taking into account a country’s needs and resources. It covers the system’s legal basis, structure, and operational points, as well as the infrastructure and human resource requirements.

More than a third of food exports cross borders at least twice before reaching the consumer and supply chain complexity is growing. Foods that have been produced, processed and distributed by multiple firms

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The majority of Codex members have backed guidance on the use of paperless certification in food trade.

The Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS) recommended the next Codex Alimentarius Commission adopt draft guidance on paperless use of electronic certificates at its meeting in November.

Codex members said the coronavirus pandemic had made it more important for the paperless exchange of official certificates between authorities of different countries.

Overall support but worries expressed
Supporters say it will decrease the time and cost of trade and can be connected to modern, risk-based and electronic methods to
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New Zealand has unveiled a strategy and action plan to help focus resources so it can quickly respond to current issues and prepare for emerging threats.

The strategy sets out a plan of action to 2024 and includes five priorities: to ensure the country’s food safety system remains robust, support consumers to make informed food choices, contribute to new thinking in international forums, work in partnership with Māori and be innovative and forward-looking in meeting new challenges.

Bryan Wilson, deputy director-general at New Zealand Food Safety, discussed it at the organization’s inaugural Food Safety Summit in Auckland. New Zealand Food
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Five new trade concerns on food safety, animal and plant health were raised at a recent meeting of a World Trade Organization (WTO) committee.

The Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures also discussed 12 previously raised issues at the meeting on Nov. 7 and 8.

The United States was one of four countries that raised a concern about EU Regulation 2016/2031 on high-risk plants, which could stop all existing trade for 36 new plant types on Dec. 14, 2019, unless a pest risk assessment (PRA) and agreed upon entry requirements have been completed.

Israel, Canada, and Kenya were other
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A committee of Members of the United Kingdom’s Parliament (MPs) is seeking assurances on food standards after Brexit.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee put forward an amendment regarding trade deals and food standards to a major piece of legislation.

The Agriculture Bill was introduced in the House of Commons in September and examines what is needed in the agricultural industry after the UK’s exit from the European Union in March 2019 – also known as Brexit. Members of the House of Commons are elected and it is the main place for law making.

The Committee called on
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All federally inspected meat, poultry and egg plants in the United States are now eligible to export to Cuba under export requirements published this week. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted the list of eligible products and documentation requirements for meat, poultry and egg producers who want to ship products to Cuba. Eligible products include fresh and frozen pork and pork products, fresh and frozen beef and beef products, and fresh and frozen sheep and goats, and sheep and goat products. Eggs are not specifically listed as an eligible product, but poultry and poultry products are included.
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