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Eritrea improving Codex coordination for national food standards


A consultative workshop on National Codex issues was organized on 6 December 2019 in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea. The main objectives of the workshop were to discuss national food control systems, including Codex, and to begin preparation of a project proposal for the Codex Trust Fund.

Mr Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture, who officially opened the session, told the Ministry of Information website that food safety was central to survival and wellbeing and that regulating national food standard had become a timely issue.

Arefaine Berhe

Mr Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture (left)

The workshop was supported by FAO under the umbrella of the Ministry of Agriculture, where an international expert was recruited by FAO to lead the consultative process.

The representative of FAO in Eritrea, Mr Saeed Abubaker Bancie said that National Food Standard (Codex) work was an integral component of a national food control system and that food safety and quality were important aspects of food and nutrition security. Mr. Saeed also expressed FAO’s commitment to work with the Government of Eritrea to improve the Codex coordination mechanism.

Mr. Tekleab Misgina, D. G. Regulatory and Control at the Ministry of Agriculture said that National Food Standards had been established in 2004 under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, and that the objective of the workshop was to further develop this initiative.

Eritrea workshop participants

Participants in the workshop

The workshop was extremely well attended with over 50 participants taking part, including all relevant government institutions, the EU and UN resident offices in Eritrea.


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