SINGAPORE, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- The
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies have agreed to
continue their efforts in strengthening food safety capacity building
activities and improving food safety information sharing across the
Briefing on Monday about the outcome
of the APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum (FSCF), which was held here in
the margins of the APEC Senior Officials Meeting on July 30, participants
of the forum said that APEC economies have agreed to reaffirm its commitment
to working together to build robust food safety systems so as to
accelerate progress towards harmonization of food standards with
international standards to improve public health and to facilitate trade.
In addressing the challenges facing
the food safety system, the FSCF said in a statement that APEC economies
will focus the attention on strengthening coordination of food safety
capacity building activities, utilizing a broad range of government,
industry and academic stakeholders.
The capacity building activities
will include strengthening capacity in assessing food safety capacity
building needs, food safety risk analysis, developing food laws,
standards and enforcement systems, microbiological risk analysis and
assessment, food safety risk communication, and chemical safety risk
assessment, among others.
Since the FSCF was established in
2007, over 440 people from 19APEC member economies have participated in
24 different capacity building activities held in five cities across the
Meanwhile, APEC economies also
agreed that they will build on already established networks and
processes, particularly to strengthen ability to share information in the
event of food safety emergencies.