Monitoring Food Safety

Monitoring Food SafetyMonitoring Food Safety

A team of experts from the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization arrived in Iran last week to evaluate the national food control systems.

Based on an agreement with Iran’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the WHO and FAO will examine and inspect the current food control systems in the country. Iran is among the countries selected for the pilot phase of the project to develop and improve food control systems, the Agriculture Ministry’s news agency IANA reports.

The visiting delegation was due to meet senior authorities in pertinent areas.  Food inspection and control systems should cover and evaluate all food produced, processed and marketed in a country, including imported food, as per the Joint FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius standards or “food code”.

The principal objectives of the national food control systems are to protect public health by reducing the risk of food borne illness, protect consumers from unhealthy or adulterated food, and maintain consumer confidence in the food supply chain.