Deputy Head of SAMR attended the First International Food Safety Conference
From February 12 to 13, the First FAO/WHO/AU International Food Safety Conference was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Sun Meijun, Deputy Head of Sate Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) led the Chinese delegation to attend the conference. She also gave a speech at the ministerial meeting.
Four thematic sessions covered the burden of foodborne diseases and the benefits of investing in safe food, safe and sustainable food systems in an era of accelerated climate change, science, innovation and digital transformation at the service of food safety and empowering consumers to make healthy choices and support sustainable food systems. The Addis Ababa Joint Statement was released, aiming to result in the political commitments by the stakeholders, especially governments and jointly maintain the food security.
Sun said that food safety relates to the widest range of stakeholders and it is a long-term and complex issue, which requires concerted efforts by the governments, enterprises, industrial organizations, consumers and the society as whole to create a sound landscape of social governance. With the globalization of food supply chain, it requires all countries to enhance cooperation and communication in terms of legal standards, production and trade, technical innovation and pollution prevention and control, so as to jointly tackle the challenges encountered in the global food safety and reduce the risks of foodborne diseases. As a good beginning, this conference provides a good opportunity for effective cooperation and helps the countries along the “Belt and Road” to promote joint governance and sharing in terms of food safety. The initiative proposed at the conference is conducive to improving the leadership of different countries in food safety work and building a safer, more sufficient and nutritional food supply system.