By Sara Israfilbayova
The Food Safety Agency of Azerbaijan will carry out inspections and audit of business entities engaged in food production.
Chairman of the Agency Goshgar Tahmazli told reporters that the monitoring and audit process will cover all business entities involved in all stages of the food production.
“I would like to note that these inspections will not create any obstacles for entrepreneurs. The inspections aim to ensure implementation of international standards in the food industry, and eliminate risks to public health,” he said.
Moreover, the charter and structure of Azerbaijan’s Food Security Institute, which is a public legal entity, have been approved.
The Food Safety Agency was established by the decree of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on additional measures to improve the food security in the country in February 2017.
Under the decree, the Food Safety Agency will help ensure the regulatory framework of food safety (development and approval of sanitary norms and rules, as well as hygienic standards), and will carry out risk analysis, hygiene certification, as well as provide a quality certificate for food products exported to foreign countries, ensure state control over the protection of the rights of consumers of food products and at all stages of food production on the basis of the “from field to table” principle.
Sara Israfilbayova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Sara_999Is
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