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Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures - Food Safety
Assistance focusing on the protection of human life and health from food borne risks arising from additives, contaminants, toxins, or disease-causing organisms in foods and beverages.
Topics covered by food safety assistance include inter alia: control measures for food additives and contaminants; methods of analysis and sampling; food hygiene; food import and export inspection and certification systems; residues of veterinary drugs in foods; food irradiation technology, application of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system in the food-processing industry and pesticide residues in foods.
Reference to WTO mandate
Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, Article 9. Decision on Implementation-related Issues and Concerns, paras. 3.6 and 5.4.
Examples of typical activities
Establishing national control systems, strengthening laboratory analysis and inspection capabilities in the food safety area.


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