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FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Increased capacity to implement global standards

Elements: phytosanitary, food safety standards, best practices and system architecture, sanitary/veterinary control issues

Global agricultural markets have become increasingly complex in the past two decades, mainly because of increasing controls and standards designed to ensure food safety and prevent the spread of plant and animal diseases.

In food safety, weaknesses in national controls and in the implementation of global food regulations have led to an emergence of standards and requirements being set by the private sector, with the involvement of certification bodies and regional organizations in implementation and enforcement. FAO helps countries develop country-specific food control systems, regulations and standards that are in harmony with global food standards.

FAO addresses animal health by supporting veterinary services in the prevention and control of transboundary animal diseases, the improvement of diagnostic and laboratory capacities, and the promotion of the prudent use of antimicrobials. Antimicrobial resistance and zoonotic diseases are important cross-cutting issues. Plant health issues are covered through the development of capacities of plant protection organizations at regional and national levels. This Regional Initiative also helps regional bodies develop capacities in biosafety. Through this Initiative, regional biosafety networks will be strengthened for compliance with WTO agreements.

Belarus food safety reviewed

Combating antimicrobial resistance

Plant health standards

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