19 countries of APEC region gathered at Food Safety workshops to explore new area “Benefits” in analyzing food safety & standards

Posted on November 28, 2011

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With the cost of food continuing to steadily rising worldwide from the years past, the cost to industries and to individuals of not having a safe and secure food chain is immeasurable. While it is know that there is no way to have a 100% guarantee or zero risk of food borne illness or hazards in food consumption. Important steps are being taken globally.

No one knows these facts more than the 19 countries of the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) that gathered in Manila Philippines for a 3 day Food Safety event to share insights on policies, regulations, practices and to collaborate on more effective methods. Emerging from the multicultural multi countries meetings was a valuable new tool in the overall process of evaluating and standardizing food and food ingredients to maintain healthy levels of consumption and to protect against incidents of food borne illness and poisoning.

Adding the new tool of “Benefits” in the analyzing of food safety & standards is now being recognized and becoming just as relevant. In the past the norm has mostly been to always focus on the Risk of a food or food ingredients. But as more research and collaboration of shared information and ideas are discussed between countries the fact that for a lot of food and food ingredients the criteria of looking at and evaluating the “Benefits” of a food or food ingredient is just as vital. For example the eating of fish during pregnancy is associated with improved neurodevelopment in offspring due to the benefits of the Omega 3 found in fish, were in the past only the risk of eating fish were identified and disclosed. The balance in researching the Benefits & Risk of consuming a food or food ingredient is gaining momentum as Food Safety Experts recognize the need to broaden the scope of food safety and standards as to not negatively impact public health and food chains.

Food is the one commonality we all have throughout the world, and the safety of our food tops the list to ensure the public health and security in our food chains and distribution globally.

The APEC Food Safety group also stressed that Public Communication, awareness, data gathering and sharing between countries are also important components. Especially for beginning economies in the Food Safety research and exploration, as cost can be overwhelming and burdensome. The 3 day workshop is an example of how by establishing more ways of sharing know research and experiences not only developing food safety economies gain, but also established economies can gain valuable data and insights to positively evolve the global food chain. Acknowledging that the import and export of food and food ingredients continue to be an interconnected point in the relationship of many countries.

The APEC Food Safety group has committed to continue this joint venture and to bring more training, education, Scientific Seminars, workshops and access to information to the economies of the region. The group also included important keynote speakers – Janell Kause the Director for the Risk Assessment Division Office of Public Health Science
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA. Also the topic of Cost Benefits Analysis was presented by Mr. Jason March a Principal Economist, of the Regulatory Analysis Unit Food Standards Australia New Zealand. And Dr. David James a Consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. presented a Quantitative Model for Risk Benefit Assessment of Seafood ConsumptionDavid. For more information of future gathering or to learn more about the “Risk-Benefit Analysis” training please contact: Mr. Israel Q. Dela-Cruz (Project Overseer) at iqdelacruz@gmail.com (Bureau of Agriculture & Fisheries Product Standards) or contact him in Manila Philippines at +63.2.455.2858.

Stay tuned for our TV Show “Pathways to Paradise” APEC Food Safety Manila Conference with the 19 countries, airing in January. Watch the March 5, 2011 TV Show “Pathways to Paradise” Ep – 119 Expanding Beyond Sustainable, a dialogue about our energy, fuel, food security and education:


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