U.S. begins new food safety program

Three US federal agencies are working together to launch the Food Safety for Food Security partnership, also known as FS4FS.

“Strong food safety delivered through policies and systems and the preparedness of farmers, consumers and industry are essential to transforming the agri-food system,” said Daniel Whitley, USDA Foreign Agricultural Services Administrator. .

The Foreign Agriculture Service is working on this project in partnership with its parent agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. This effort includes his $15 million five-year commitment to support the availability and trade of safe food.

The program aims to reduce food poisoning, poverty, hunger and malnutrition in low and middle income countries, in addition to helping ensure safe food trade.

“Through our new Food Safety Partnership for Food Security, we are building on the success of Feed the Future and working with countries around the world to increase access to safe and nutritious food. , to develop trade opportunities” to Manager Dina Esposito.

To improve food safety and security, FS4FS is designed to support the development of sanitary and phytosanitary systems in Feed the Future countries. Through the partnership, longstanding barriers to participation in the food system will be addressed through capacity building, according to a USDA statement.

With a capital investment of $15 million, the partnership will provide technical assistance, knowledge management and digital tools to enhance the policy and regulatory environments of participating countries. Collective efforts can help achieve global food security goals by reducing foodborne illnesses and reducing trade restraints.

“During the US-Africa Summit, many African heads of state asked USDA for assistance in developing scientific and risk-based measures and standards to ensure the food supply and security of their countries.” Whitley of the Foreign Office said. .

“Through the Food Safety Partnership for Food Security, we will work together to address these essential needs to expand access to safe and nutritious food across Africa. ”

For more information on the Food Security for Food Security partnership, please visit https://fas.usda.gov/programs/food-safety-food-security-partnership.

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