Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Europe will share food quality and safety data with Jordan to
help the kingdom enhance food monitoring, local daily The Jordan Times
reported on Monday.
The Jordan Food and Drug
Administration (JFDA) announced on Sunday that Jordan will join European's
Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).
"Through this system, we will be
informed of the recall of any product before importing it from the EU or
elsewhere," said JFDA Director General Mohammad Rawashdeh.
Previously, the administration was
informed of food product recalls or potential contamination through the
kingdom's embassy in the concerned country, or through the European
Commission, according to the official.
added that the measure does not only include European products.
"The system entails exchanging
information on any food products, regardless of the country of origin.
Whenever we discover unsafe food products, we will inform European
countries and they will do the same," he explained.
The measure comes amid several recalls
of food products imported by the kingdom. Among those cases, the
administration last week confiscated part of a shipment of 600 U.S.-made
chocolate bars after being informed that the product tested positive for
salmonella, a kind of rod-shaped bacteria which
can cause food poisoning, typhoid and paratyphoid fever.
RASFF is a system adopted within the
EU whereby member states are alerted when a residue of potential concern
has been detected in food of domestic or imported origin.