Global Issues Related to Food Safety

Cooperation between nations will help achieve food safety on a global scale. The concept of good agricultural practices (GAP) has evolved in recent years to meet the needs of a rapidly changing and globalizing food economy and to address concerns of a wide range of stakeholders about food production and security, food safety and quality, and the environmental sustainability of agriculture. The Committee on Agriculture (COAG) of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 2003 adopted a holistic food chain (sometimes called "farm to table" or "farm to fork") approach that encompasses the whole food chain to maximize food safety and quality worldwide. The FAO defines the food chain approach as recognition that the responsibility for the supply of food that is safe, healthy, and nutritious is shared along the entire food chain by all involved with the production, processing, and trade of food on a global scale (91-93).

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