Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Evolution of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures on tropical fruits

Samuel Asfaha, Programme Officer, Trade for Development Programme has been invited by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to make a presentation at the conference on "Opportunities and Challenges in the World Markets for Fruits and Tropical Products" jointly organized by the FAO and the Common Fund for Commodities, to be held in Guangzhou, China on 29 November 2007.

Mr. Asfaha's presentation will focus on the evolution of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures on tropical fruits, emphasising how the shift of resposibility for food safety from public authorities to private importers have led to the proliferation and stringency of private SPS measures interfering with exports of tropical fruits from developing countries.

The presentation will further underline the need for harmonization of private food safety standards and for enchanced participation of developing countries in international standard setting bodies and for South-South cooperation in food safety certification and accreditation.