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The US and FAO agree that greater food safety hinges on sound scientific standards

Graziano da Silva meets US Secretary of Agriculture Perdue at G7 ministerial meeting in Bergamo

FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva with Sonny Perdue, US Secretary of Agriculture

14 October 2017, Bergamo – United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today stressed that achieving greater food safety goes hand in hand with the establishment of sound scientific standards for trade in food and agricultural products.

During their talks on the sidelines of the G7 Agriculture Ministerial Meeting in Bergamo,  Perdue and Graziano da Silva also called for special attention to be given to meat and fish products in the framework of the Codex  alimentarius international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice that serve to contribute to the safety, quality and fairness in the context of international food trade.

The US Secretary of Agriculture emphasized that Codex standards should be seen as “pro trade” and not be considered as an obstacle to trade.

For his part, the FAO Director-General informed the US Secretary of Agriculture about plans to hold the first International Conference on Food Safety to raise awareness and to address issues related to this crucial aspect of international trade.

During today’s talks, Perdue and Graziano da Silva expressed agreement on various issues to be tackled globally including implementing the One Health approach and curbing  Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), including by ensuring the use of antibiotics for curative purposes only in agriculture.

On Monday 16 October, Secretary of Agriculture Perdue will join several other G7 agriculture ministers for World Food Day celebrations at FAO in Rome in a ceremony in which Pope Francis will deliver the keynote speech.