GCC ministerial cmte approves recommendations on food safety

The Kuwaiti delegation participating in the GCC Ministerial Committee for Food Safety
The Kuwaiti delegation participating in the GCC Ministerial Committee for Food Safety

RIYADH, June 5 (KUNA) — Concluding its meeting on Sunday, the GCC Ministerial Committee for Food Safety approved a number of recommendations which aim to achieve the goals of food safety.
In a statement to KUNA, Essa Al-Kandari, head of Public Authority for Food and Nutrition, said that the executive regulations of GCC unified law on food and the organizational structure were endorsed as part on these recommendations.
Among topics discussed in the meeting was an approval of organizing a Gulf day on food safety on April 15 every year and amendments of the GCC guide for control on imported food, he added.
Al-Kandari expressed his gratitude to Saudi Arabia, GCC secretariat and officials for the warm reception and hospitality, and better organization.
Earlier, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Meshal, CEO of Saudi Food and Drug Authority, referred, in a speech, to challenges facing GCC member states in terms of food safety as they depend greatly on imported food.
He stressed that GCC states work on building a system of unified legislations and mechanisms for ensuring safe food for citizens in member states.
He reviewed the committee’s achievements, including the issuance of the unified law on food in GCC member states and the GCC guide for control on imported foods.
Meanwhile, GCC Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Affairs Abdullah Al-Shebli stressed, during a speech on behalf of GCC Secretary General Abdullatif Al-Zayani, the importance of effective systems and legislations of control on foods for the safety of consumers in Gulf states. Al-Shebli said that such systems are essential to guarantee safe food imported by GCC member states. A Kuwaiti delegation headed by Al-Kandari took part in the meeting. (end) od.hm