African food hygiene experts are meeting in Bamako, Mali this week to participate in a regional workshop on food hygiene inspection.
The event, which runs from 24 to 28 May, has been organised by Better Training for Safer Food Africa (BTSF), a European Commission initiative designed to deliver technical and policy expertise on animal health and food safety to African public services, producers and small and medium sized enterprises. This initiative is intended to enable African producers to consistently supply products that comply with international standards, thereby opening up access to more markets.
The workshop in Mali includes a presentation of the proposed referential on food safety management, along with a presentation of the rules for certification of establishments. These issues will be discussed before the adoption of conclusions and recommendations.
The Better Training for Safer Food Africa programme aims to train African specialists in 12 five-day workshops covering the five economic partnership agreement regions in Africa. In addition to opening up trade opportunities, it is hoped that this training will help reduce the likelihood of consumers succumbing to food-borne diseases. This will have further positive knock-on effects on the socio-economic implications connected to food safety.
Representatives from the African Regional Economic Communities, Food and Agriculture Organisation, World Health Organisation, UNIDO and the European Commission will attend the workshop. An agenda of the regional workshop on food hygiene inspection can be found here.
The next regional workshop on food hygiene inspection will take place in Lolongwe, Malawi from 14 to 18 June 2010.