International Food Safety

The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) under FDA, was enacted in 2015 to require that foreign suppliers of food provide the same level of food protection for their food as provided by our public health system. This is needed, as outbreaks of foodborne illness continue to occur both in foreign and domestically sourced foods. Under this law, importers (also known as “FSVP importers” for the purpose of the FSVP law, as explained below) must perform a verification that a foreign supplier of food has complied with at least two new major FDA-FSMA federal rules; Produce Safety, and the CGMP and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food Rules.

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In another shocking episode of adulteration, Chinese public health officials have announced the recall of infant formula contaminated with melamine. The Chinese obviously have a problem; last year Chinese manufacturers contaminated pet foods with melamine in a fraudulent effort to boost the protein level to make more money. The draw of this additive is apparently

Egypt is becoming aware of the importance of food safety to its people, and for its well-being as a nation. However, it is important to note that Egypt is not alone in these concerns. Here in the US we just experienced our worst outbreak of Salmonella through contaminated vegetables, and the end of our food supply contamination problem is not in sight. The global problem of food safety requires a global approach, so it is heartening as an American to see Egypt move forward as a nation to help solve this worldwide problem. Egypt is joining the growing number of nations who are creating, rational, science-based food safety strategies to protect public health. This is the right thing to do for public health. Ensuring food safety is critical for all of us and a healthy populace will enhance all other public health and safety initiatives. The worldwide food safety problem will be solved as each country advances its own reforms. Thank you Dr. Mansour, for beginning this effort in your wonderful and fascinating country. Please read below.

 

Food Safety Project Chief: 500,000 Food Violations

 By  Metwalli Salem, Hisham Yassin and Mohamed Haroun    17/9/2008

The head of the Food Safety Agency Project Hussein Mansour said a workingteam has been formed to prepare a strategic plan of action for the agency once alaw was enacted to establish it.

During a banquet organized by USAID, Mansour said the agency aims at unifyingcontrol over regulations and conditions relating to safe food.

 

He noted that official reports have monitored increasing rates of fraud onmarkets, adding that the number of food violations reached 500,000 casesannually. The number of officially registered factories amounted to 3000‘, producing 20% of food production while the remaining 80% is produced byunregistered factories.

 

Mansour noted that the large number of bodies checking food and thedifference in human and technical capabilities of labs might be the reasonbehind low quality of food.

World organizations concerned with human health advised people who travel toEgypt to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A and Typhoid before traveling for theprobability of taking polluted food or water.

 

Egypt is considered, according to Mansour, one of the countries where ratesof contracting such viruses are high, especially in case of visiting ruralareas.

 

Studies conducted by the National Research Institute proved that 100% ofsamples taken from honey are polluted with chloramphenicol, which causes anemiaand spinal atrophy.

Food pollution negatively affects the national economy, he said, noting thatthe US rejected a food shipment from Egypt because it was polluted withpesticides, as well as low quality of packaging

Moreover, the EU rejected a shipment of soybeans and sunflower seeds becausethey were contaminated with aflatoxin.

 

Mansour warned against the effect of food pollution on general health, whichmight lead to the spread of summer diseases and contracting Hepatitis A andkidney failure.

 

He noted dairy products sold in rural areas and some cities are considered amain reason for contracting several diseases, such as tuberculosis, brucellosis, typhoid, scarlet fever, diphtheria, yellow fever, paratyphoid and dysentery.

 

Mansour revealed that a sound animal produces microbe-free meat, but it ispolluted at slaughtering. Studies proved that the average microbes in the meatafter slaughtering hit 216 microbes in each square centimeter and increase to 10-20 millions and 66 millions after reaching the butcher.


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