Better food safety management systems – and increased skills and ability for the people who run them – are twin goals of a new FAO project in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, with financing from the Government of Turkey.
Workshops on food safety hazards, good hygiene practices and food safety management systems based on the well known Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) were conducted recently in Bishkek and Dushanbe.
The project delivers training to key individuals in both the public and private sectors – including ministries of agriculture, food and health, food safety authorities and private companies. Food inspectors, food processors, and Ministry officials in both countries will receive training in order to develop and apply risk-based preventive systems for food safety hazards management and control.
National guides on good hygiene practices for selected aspects of food production, and for developing HACCP plans, are being developed under the project by working groups of experts from different disciplines.
Also planned is a study tour to Turkish food companies, and training for food business operators on using the new guides developed under the project.
The expected result is fewer incidents of food-borne diseases, and increased competitiveness for regional and international food trade.
"Capacity development in food safety risk management of food enterprises and national authorities in Kyrgyz Republic and Republic of Tajikistan" – project symbol GCP/SEC/010/TUR – became operational in the fourth quarter of 2013. It contributes to a special regional initiative of FAO on “Agri-Food Trade and Regional Integration” for the Europe and Central Asia region as a whole.
30 March 2014, Budapest, Hungary