BfR to work more with Portuguese-speaking agencies

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

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The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Germany is to increase cooperation with Portuguese-speaking countries.

The agreement was reached during a meeting of the BfR, the Portuguese Economics and Food Safety Authority (Autoridade de Segurança Alimentar e Económica, ASAE) and food safety authorities of Cabo Verde.

Challenges Cabo Verde is facing in consumer health protection were the main focus of the visit of the BfR and ASAE.

The BfR presented a food safety publication with information on the institutions of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa, CPLP) that are predominantly concerned with risk assessment for consumer health protection.

Professor Dr Andreas Hensel, BfR president, said worldwide trade poses new challenges for food safety.

"For the European food safety authorities, jointly developing global strategies and expanding international capacities is therefore an increasingly important task,” ​he said.

For this reason, the BfR and the ASAE work closely together with partner authorities in the CPLP countries in the areas of political consulting and scientific education."

The Cabo Verde Authority for the Regulation and Supervision of Pharmaceutical Products and Foods (Agência de Regulação e Supervisão dos Produtos Farmacêuticos e Alimentares de Cabo Verde, ARFA) and the General Inspectorate for Economic Activities (Inspecção-Geral das Actividades Económicas, IGAE) provided information about production, international trade and monitoring of food.

The CPLP includes Angola, Brazil, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Principe, East Timor and Equatorial Guinea.

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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