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FAO and WTO working together to help identify and promote best practices in food safety to facilitate trade and promote public health globally

Graziano da Silva and Roberto Azevêdo participate at the launch of new joint publication

12 July 2017, Geneva - The chiefs of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) today held bilateral talks and participated in the launch of the joint publication Trade and Food Standards, which offers a concise explanation on how international food standards are set and applied.

The publication advocates for deeper involvement by developing countries in both the harmonized food standard setting processes in Codex Alimentarius and the WTO's Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committees.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo stressed that participation in the way international food standards for trade are set and governed is essential if countries are to reap the benefits of booming global trade and prepare for emerging technological changes.

Developing countries, in particular, should invest in the capacity and skills to achieve effective engagement in institutions and multilateral bodies such as the WTO and Codex Alimentarius – the world’s primary international food standards setting body.