GCC Ministerial Committee on Food Safety Meets

Muscat, The 4th meeting of the GCC Ministerial

Committee on Food Safety, hosted by the Sultanate, was held at the

headquarters of the Consultative Authority of the GCC Supreme

Council today.

The meeting was chaired by Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Shehi,

Minister of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, who said in a

speech that the meeting is aimed at enhancing the joint GCC action in

the field of food safety and the importance of standardizing procedures

to ensure the safety and quality of food in order to face the challenges,

changes and modern technologies in the production and circulation of

food.

He stressed the need to place food safety as a top priority and

support the existing system by all available means, especially in light of

the high incidence of diseases due to unhealthy or contaminated food.

On his part, Dr. Abdul Latif bin Rashid al-Zayani, GCC Secretary

General said, Food security represents a very important challenge in

the present era. It is the responsibility of the countries of the world to

find suitable solutions not only to provide food but also to ensure its

safety and suitability for human consumption for the protection of

public health, in light of the increasing risks and diseases transmitted

by water and food.

The meeting discussed a range of important topics related to

food safety in the GCC countries, the foremost of which are the

executive regulations of the GCC Unified Food Law, follow-up of

decisions taken by the Ministerial Committee at the third meeting, Gulf

Food Safety Day for 2017 and 2018, and the Gulf Food Safety

Committee’s Strategic Plan (2019-2022).

The meeting also reviewed the unification of the mechanism for

the accreditation of Halal agencies and centers around the world and

the mechanism for banning and ban-lifting of importing meat and its

products.

Source: Oman News Agency