New Delhi (17, May 2017) — Decision-makers and leading influencers from the public and private sectors across South Asia have signalled their intent to support increased investments in food safety, as part of a high-level dialogue convened by the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) in collaboration with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

Matt Kovac, Executive Director of Food Industry Asia (FIA) and a GFSP Governing Council Member, presented the GFSP at the APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum (FSCF) and the Partnership Training Institute Network (PTIN) in Hanoi, Vietnam, on May 12 and 13, 2017.

A delegation of Indian government officials led by Dr. Narayan Bhaskar from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) with representation from the Export Inspection Council (EIC) and the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) were in Canada on April 18-19, 2017 at the invitation of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to visit CFIA headquarters and CFIA laboratories to discuss and exchange information regarding laboratory management and operation of a national laboratory network.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), a member of the GFSP Governing Council, is supporting the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to upgrade its National Quality Infrastructure (NQI), which will help to increase export competitiveness, stimulate trade and export-led growth, and foster the development of value-added food products and the diversification of export market opportunities.

Victoria Kwakwa, Vice President, World Bank, East Asia & the Pacific, delivered the welcome address at GFSP's December 2016 dialogue in Singapore "Building Trust and Capacity for Safe Food in Asia" held in collaboration with Food Industry Asia (FIA).  We spoke  with her to discuss her thoughts about food safety challenges and opportunities in the region.

December 9, 2016 --  GFSP, in collaboration with Food Industry Asia (FIA), hosted an exclusive forum for leading decision-makers from the public and private sectors in Singapore to discuss critical aspects of building trust and enhancing capacity in the region’s food safety system.

October 1, 2016 -- At the request of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), GFSP is exploring the current food safety landscape in India and the potential for short-term and longer term engagement with the Government of India, to help improve the country’s food safety capacity. 

August 1, 2016 -- Ms. Lystra N. Antoine has been selected to be the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP), effective August 1, 2016 based in Washington, DC. Lystra is a transformational leader with extensive experience in the public and private sectors, designing and managing results-driven strategies to improve the human condition through safe, reliable and sustainable food systems.


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