FSANZ Encourages International Stakeholder Relations
Over the past couple of months FSANZ has hosted a number of international visitors including the Food Safety Commission of Japan, the Saudi Food & Drug Administration and the China-Australia Health and HIV/AIDS Facility (CAHHF). In addition, FSANZ regularly provides presentations to international visitors at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF).
31 August – 2 September - China-Australia Health and HIV/AIDS Facility (CAHHF) delegation visit
Fourteen visitors representing the CAHHF project, led by Professor Junshi Chen from the National Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Ministry of Health visited FSANZ for the purpose of gaining greater understanding of the Australian Government’s food regulatory framework including food safety risk analysis, food surveillance and the standards setting process. The CAHHF project is an AusAid funded program which aims to improve China’s health systems. FSANZ will be the Australian cooperating organisation to implement this activity and to provide ongoing input into this project to improve China’s food safety risk assessment and standards system.
30 July - Saudi Food & Drug Administration, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dr Mohammed AL Kanhal, President and Dr Ibrahim Alshowaier, Advisor from the Saudi Food & Drug Administration met with FSANZ staff in July. The purpose of the visit was to exchange information and explore opportunities for future liaison, and possible collaborations in relation to information sharing and food safety training.
27 July - Food Safety Commission Japan
During a previous visit to FSANZ, in April 2010, the Food Safety Commission of Japan (FSC) initiated the development of a Memorandum of Cooperation between FSANZ and FSC Japan. Dr Takeshi Mikami, Deputy Chairperson, Dr Tatsuhito Isogai, Deputy Director, Mr Hirotaka Kumada, Scientific Officer, Dr Ruriko Nakao, Technical Counsellor, conducted a follow up visit to FSANZ in order to sign the Memorandum of Cooperation. This will enable greater cooperation and information sharing between the two agencies, particularly on food safety risk assessment issues.
21 – 22 June-Cambodian Study Tour
The Asian Devel opment Bank (ADB) sponsored a Cambodian study tour to Australia, to provide senior Cambodian Government Officials the opportunity to learn and understand the broader aspects of the Australian Food Regulatory System, the Australian Standards Setting Process, Australia’s National Food Incident Response Protocol and related food recall process, relevant food surveillance and monitoring practices and the FSANZ Risk Analysis Framework. Members of the delegation included: Mr Lim Rathanak, Deputy Director of the Department of Drug and Food, Ministry of Health; Mr Suon Sothoeun, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Mr Dim Theng, Ministry of Commerce; Mr Soem Nara, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy.
21 – 22 June - Korean Government Officials, hosted by DAFF
The delegation of Korean food and agriculture officials visited Australia on a food safety study mission. The purpose of the visit was to gain greater understanding of the broader aspects of the Australian Food Regulatory System, the Australian Standards Setting Process, FSANZ Risk Analysis Framework, Australia’s National Food Incident Response Protocol and related food recall process. FSANZ staff members travelled to DAFF to present and discuss these topics with the visiting delegation.