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Providing food and feed safety

11 September 2013

On 30 July 2013 a seminar on food safety was held within the framework of the EU twinning “Strengthening of Animal-origin Food and Feed Safety Control in Armenia” project.
Representatives from the EU Delegation to Armenia, the EU Advisory Group, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the State Service for Food Safety, as well project implementation consortium partners from the Netherlands, Denmark and Latvia attended at the seminar. International organisations, such as the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corperation, were also invited.
The goal of the seminar was to discuss the development of food safety policy in Armenia and the latest developments in that area, of risk-based approaches to official food safety control, and of opportunities for Armenia to establish professional and internationally recognised veterinary and food safety controls.

EU Delegation to Armenia representative John Baker welcomed the initiative: ‘It is absolutely vital to know the origins and production methods for all types of food. In the European Union there is generally one policy and one system in every country. However, this is not the case with the food and feed control systems – individual member states have their own methods of control. I am delighted today to see three different representatives of member states, and to hear how each of them has developed their control system to ensure the safety of consumers and the quality of the food they export’.

This project is being implemented by consortium partners from the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (as leading partners), and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the Latvian Food and Veterinary Service (as junior partners).

The main project beneficiary is the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture and State Service for Food Safety.

‘In order to solve all of Armenia’s current agricultural problems we need to factor stability into development. It is a key priority of the Armenian government to provide consumers with healthy food,’ said Deputy Minister for Agriculture Robert Makaryan.

Providing food and feed safety

On 30 July 2013 a seminar on food safety was held within the framework of the EU twinning “Strengthening of Animal-origin Food and Feed Safety Control in Armenia” project. Representatives from the EU Delegation to Armenia, the EU Advisory Group, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the State Service for Food Safety, as well project implementation consortium partners from the Netherlands, Denmark and Latvia attended at the seminar. International organisations, such as the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corperation, were also invited. The goal of the seminar was to discuss the development of food safety policy in Armenia and the latest developments in that area, of risk-based approaches to official food safety control, and of opportunities for Armenia to establish professional and internationally recognised veterinary and food safety controls. EU Delegation to Armenia representative John Baker welcomed the initiative: ‘It is absolutely vital to know the origins and production methods for all types of food. In the European Union there is generally one policy and one system in every country. However, this is not the case with the food and feed control systems – individual member states have their own methods of control. I am delighted today to see three different representatives of member states, and to hear how each of them has developed their control system to ensure the safety of consumers and the quality of the food they export’. This project is being implemented by consortium partners from the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (as leading partners), and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the Latvian Food and Veterinary Service (as junior partners). The main project beneficiary is the Armenian Ministry of Agriculture and State Service for Food Safety. ‘In order to solve all of Armenia’s current agricultural problems we need to factor stability into development. It is a key priority of the Armenian government to provide consumers with healthy food,’ said Deputy Minister for Agriculture Robert Makaryan.