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Food safety guidelines for fresh vegetables, fruits export to Europe launched

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 27 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Food safety guidelines for fresh vegetables, fruits export to Europe launched

The Feed the Future Bangladesh Trade Activity launched food safety guidelines for exporting fresh fruits and vegetables to Europe. 

The USAID-sponsored Feed the Future Bangladesh Trade Activity launched the guideline at a ceremony at the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday.

The first of its series, the Trade Activity published the easy export series for the Bangladeshi fresh fruit and vegetable, frozen foods, and processed food as exporters understand compliance with international food safety standards.

At the ceremony, AHM Ahsan, Vice-Chairman of Export Promotion Bureau, was present as the chief guest while Dr Syed Md Rafiqul Amin, Director of Plant Quarantine Wing, Department of Agricultural Extension, and Prof Abu Noman Faruq Ahmmed, Chairman of the Department of Plant Pathology, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, were present as the special guests.

The event was chaired by Mashuk Al Hossain, Deputy Chief of Party of Feed the Future Bangladesh Trade Activity.

According to the Trade Activity officials, the Easy Export Series will be released quarterly, with the first module addressing Bangladesh’s regulatory requirements for exporting fresh fruits and vegetables.

The second module will address the EU’s food safety requirements for the import of fresh fruits and vegetables, the third module will address international food safety requirements for food processors in GCC countries, and the fourth module will tackle the food chain traceability system. 

The USAID Feed the Future Bangladesh Trade Activity supports the Bangladesh government in bolstering economic growth and food security by improving trade facilitation, enhancing market access, and improving the business-enabling market.

The Trade Activity provides technical assistance, training, institutional strengthening, and other direct support to Bangladesh government and non-governmental partners.

It also promotes greater collaboration among the government, private sector, and civil society organisations.