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Food Contamination Impact on Public Health

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Description Regulatory Control of Food, Drug, & Medical Devices… Ambitions & Challenges Atef Wafic Idriss Abstract Paper on: Food Industrialists & Food Safety   Food contaminates could be physical, chemical, microbiological, or viral; yet in today’s Global agri-business & agro-food supply, food safety is linked to World–wide trends that far transcend the Arab regions naturally occurring contaminants. Mega trends reshaping the Industry are not simply related to sourcing of ingredients, and not even simply pure science based , but among others, one can list socially related issues with root causes stemming from: globalization & trade liberalization, concentration & integration, market shifts, health & safety emerging challenges, ecological & related environmental priorities, as well as biotechnological advances.   In this age, some industrialists might still be focused on National challenges and traditional trade practices , which usually address locally planned, client focused, trade driven schemes, while at some times neglecting consumer focused , value added, environmentally sensitive , agro- industrial , value driven development schemes. Global trade schemes currently address value chains that transcend regional Arab and even MENA concerns, as indeed some industries are starting to reach consumers, including Arab expats, all over the World. Food Industrialists are as such, accountable to current food safety practices that address Global prerequisites and deal with WTO, CODEX, SPS, TBT, TRIPS, ISO, HACCP, GAP, etc…on daily basis, on top of sector by sector or even company by company market access needs.   Supporting emerging Arab food industry needs the creation of PPP (public private partnerships) with academia and civil society. This necessitates full regional cooperation, harmonization, and even integration, between different stakeholders, at least at the GAFTA level. LAS, AADO, HMCCC, SFDA, and other regional and sub-regional bodies could support private sector empowerment and accountability by facilitating a new paradigm* that respects the culture, family values, and social norms across the Arab region while addressing: 1) Improved productive sector environment including human resources development, integrated quality standard, reinforced linkages between agriculture and industry, efficient JIT retail response, as well as advanced long term financial architecture … 2) Integrated market schemes that include understanding consumer habits and needs, while addressing development basics, alongside rural development tools respecting consumer needs in : Halal certification ,geographic indications & appellations, fair trade, organic production, functional and healthy foods… 3) Academic driven knowledge based R&D addressing regional priorities, the accumulation of agro-industrial development needs, applied transfer of technology, informatics, traceability, including new product development concepts, at par with the special focus on fragile consumer groups (babies, pregnant women, elderly, & immune deficient). 4) Implementable Pan Arab Legal Infrastructure could develop food safety, as well as food security & sustainability needs. Regionally dispute resolving mechanisms, addressing standards of identity, enforcing horizontal norms, introducing certification & accreditation schemes, modernizing food laws at par with international standards...are all GAFTA essentials   *A case study on the SLFI three year revolving development plan.      

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