FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

FAO Regional Food Safety Conference: Food safety in the era of COVID-19 – earning consumers’ trust

17/11/2020-26/11/2020 Bangkok, Thailand

Dates and times
The meeting will be held in 4 sessions on different dates with different contents.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020, 9.30 – 13.00 ICT (Bangkok time)
Thursday, 19 November 2020, 9.30 – 13.00 ICT (Bangkok time)
Tuesday, 24 November 2020, 9.30 – 13.00 ICT (Bangkok time)
Thursday, 26 November 2020, 9.30 – 13.00 ICT (Bangkok time)

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Ensuring Food Safety in Asia and the Pacific: It’s time to Regulate. Delegate. Participate.

Food safety is always on our minds. Part of the reason is because across Asia and the Pacific, news and media reports about food safety are frequently in the headlines. Reports of food contamination and foodborne diseases regularly cause alarm among the public and impact local businesses. This has a knock-on effect, with wider negative economic consequences for trade and tourism. This year, with the spread of COVID-19 supply chains and international trade have been disrupted. The pandemic has emphasized the critical need for pre-requisite food safety programmes such as those offering good hygiene practices for food handling which are at the core of the response to COVID-19. Indeed the pandemic has underlined the need for a concerted region-wide effort to promote food safety standards and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures as well as the need for greater investments in new technologies and digitalization.

In response, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is convening a Regional Food Safety Conference creating a forum for in-depth discussions on food control systems in the region and existing and emerging food safety issues. The Conference will analyze the role that science and technology could play for the provision of safe and nutritious diets. The dialogue will cover traditional topics such as food safety standards as well as new and emerging subjects such as fake or misleading news relating to food safety in relation to COVID-19.

With the slogan “Regulate. Delegate. Participate”, the Conference aims to accelerate the promotion of food safety as a culture that benefits both businesses and consumers.

FAO, in collaboration with the Government of Thailand, is pleased to invite you to the FAO Regional Food Safety Conference for Asia and the Pacific, organized in 4 sessions on 17, 19, 24 and 26 November 2020. The number of webinar seats is limited so register today through the link below.

Join our webinar to:

  • Hear from Head of the FAO Regional Office emphasizing the importance of food safety for sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Asia and the Pacific
  • Learn from globally renowned food safety experts on various approaches to improve food safety
  • Listen to key food industry leaders speaking about the potential of cutting-edge technologies for food safety
  • Hear from pioneering communication-experts on the best tactics to fight fake news
  • Join and discuss the future of food safety in the region for the next generations

For queries, contact Isabella Apruzzese, Food Safety Consultant ([email protected]), Masami Takeuchi, Food Safety Officer ([email protected]) or Sridhar Dharmapuri, Senior Food Safety and Nutrition Officer ([email protected]).


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