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FAO's strategy for a food chain approach for food safety and quality: a framework document for the development of future strategic direction

By: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome (Italy) | Committee on Agriculture Rome 31 march-4 april 2003.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: FAO Committee on Agriculture (COAG) ; No. 5.Publisher: Rome (Italy) : FAO, 2003Description: 13 pages.Other title: Estrategia de la FAO relativa al enfoque de calidad e inocuidad de los alimentos basado en la cadena alimentaria: documento marco para la formulación de la futura orientación estratégica.Subject(s): Food and Agriculture Organization | Food safety | Supply chain | Agricultural productionSummary: The 28th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) discussed, inter alia, the issue of food safety and quality. The CFS recommended that FAO submit a draft framework document to COAG, COFI and CFS in 2003 which would function as a point of reference for the future strategic development of a food chain approach to food safety and those aspects of food safety related to quality. FAO defines the food chain approach as recognition that the responsibility for the supply of food that is safe, healthy and nutritious is shared along the entire food chain - by all involved with the production, processing, trade and consumption of food. This approach encompasses the whole food chain from primary production to final consumption. Stakeholders include farmers, fishermen, slaughterhouse operators, food processors, transport operators, distributors (wholesale and retail) and consumers, as well as governments obliged to protect public health. The holistic approach to food safety along the food chain differs from previous models in which responsibility for safe food tended to concentrate on the food processing sector. Its implementation requires both an enabling policy and regulatory environment at national and international level with clearly defined rules, and the establishment of food control systems and programmes at national and local levels throughout the food chain.
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Committee on Agriculture, Seventeenth Session. Rome, 31 March- 4 April 2003.

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The 28th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) discussed, inter alia, the issue of food safety and quality. The CFS recommended that FAO submit a draft framework document to COAG, COFI and CFS in 2003 which would function as a point of reference for the future strategic development of a food chain approach to food safety and those aspects of food safety related to quality. FAO defines the food chain approach as recognition that the responsibility for the supply of food that is safe, healthy and nutritious is shared along the entire food chain - by all involved with the production, processing, trade and consumption of food. This approach encompasses the whole food chain from primary production to final consumption. Stakeholders include farmers, fishermen, slaughterhouse operators, food processors, transport operators, distributors (wholesale and retail) and consumers, as well as governments obliged to protect public health. The holistic approach to food safety along the food chain differs from previous models in which responsibility for safe food tended to concentrate on the food processing sector. Its implementation requires both an enabling policy and regulatory environment at national and international level with clearly defined rules, and the establishment of food control systems and programmes at national and local levels throughout the food chain.

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