Regulatory frameworks

Regulatory frameworks for processing and trade of indigenous fruit products

As a growing range of fruit-based products is marketed, governments and the commercial sector are responding to consumer concerns by introducing stricter control of safety risks, although legislation and standards remain heterogeneous across the region. To compete successfully in an increasingly global market environment, enterprises need to understand the regulatory framework and have the necessary technical skills to conform to food safety and hygiene standards, and the ability to inform / attract their consumers through appropriate labelling.

  • Food Standard Agency- Regulation and legislation .The production, processing, distribution, retail, packaging and labelling of food stuffs are governed by a mass of laws, regulations, codes of practice and guidance.  The Food Standards Agency has a statutory objective to protect public health and consumers’ other interests in relation to food and drink.
  • The food safety act 1990 (as amended) provides the framework for all food legislation in Great Britain. This overview covers the main EC and UK legislation on food exports & imports, safety, traceability, labelling and product withdrawals and recalls.
  • Better Training for Safer Food is a Commission training initiative covering food and feed law, animal health and welfare and plant health rules. It trains Member State and candidate country national authority staff involved in official controls in these areas. This aims to keep participants up-to-date with EU law in these areas and should help to ensure more harmonised and efficient controls. Efficient controls are an essential factor in maintaining high levels of consumer protection, animal health and plant health. Harmonisation of controls should help to create a level playing field for food businesses.  Training is also organised specifically for third, particularly developing country participants so as to familiarise them with EU requirements. This should help to ease access to the EU market for products from developing countries.
  • Safe Food International (SFI) is a project designed by and for consumer organizations that want to improve food safety on a global scale. SFI aims to unify and focus the efforts of consumer organizations worldwide that are working to ensure a safer food supply by assuring that their national food safety programs address common food safety problems, approve foods before they are consumed or exported to other countries, and deter the use of food as a target of intentional contamination.
  • ASEAN Expert Group on Food Safety (AEGFS) is a subsidiary organisation .Its main objectives are not only to improve food safety of ASEAN countries, but also to facilitate food trade and formulate a strategic plan to address important food safety issues for mutual benefits. Besides those responsibilities, AEGFS also provides assistants to ASEAN Governments to develop and strengthen food safety infrastructures and programmes which support them to deal with their new obligations and rights related to the safety and quality of food in both regional and international trade.