Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Food Safety Cooperation Forum Partnership Training Institute Network (FSCF PTIN)
As part of its constant effort to improve food safety, on November 12, 2011, Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of GMA joined U.S. government and World Bank officials in announcing an innovative public private partnership that has pledged $1 million for the creation of the world’s first Global Food Safety Fund for capacity building. To be managed by the World Bank, the proposed fund will leverage the tripartite approach pioneered in APEC that enlists a wide range of stakeholders in training programs designed to enhance food safety and to facilitate trade.
“GMA was honored to be a founding member of a unique partnership in APEC that inspired the concept of the fund’s creation. In APEC we brought together food safety regulators, multi-lateral institutions like the World Bank, academia and industry –stakeholders all focused on a common mission of improving food safety,” said Bailey. “Building on the landmark MOU between the APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum and the World Bank signed in May 2011, the proposed fund will leverage APEC’s unique food safety training programs together with World Bank international reach to help improve the safety of the global food supply –in APEC economies and beyond.”
Public and private sector stakeholders have pledged $1 million to create the trust fund. In the next decade, the fund is expected to grow to $15-$20 million.
To improve food safety practices and technical processing expertise in Asia-Pacific countries, GMA helped create a network of training institutes in this region.
Established by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Food Safety Cooperation Forum Partnership Training Institute Network’s (FSCF PTIN) goal is to facilitate trade and protect public health by facilitating adoption of international model standards and practices in food safety management from production to consumption. In doing so, the PTIN will help APEC Member Economies anticipate, prevent and manage incidents, and thus better assure the safety of the food supply chain in the Asia Pacific region.
The FSCF PTIN will accomplish its strategic goal by:
- Creating a network of food safety institutes, trainers and practitioners in the APEC region that communicates and exchanges scientific and technical information related to food safety and strengthens and expands food safety management curricula through developing a set of curricula and training tools that support the use and understanding of international standards and best practices;
- Supporting the development and implementation of additional training sessions, seminars, and workshops on food safety, such as those developed by of Codex, OIE and IPPC, in a manner consistent with the obligations of the WTO SPS Agreement;
- Utilizing the unique expertise provided by the members of industry and academia to fulfill the critical capacity building needs and goals identified by APEC Member Economies.
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