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Food and Feed Safety (26-02-2008)

Better Training for Safer Food gets underway for 2008

Between 25 and 29 February, the Directorate General for Health and Consumer Protection's 'Better Training for Safer Food' initiative conducts its first training session for 2008 in Bangkok. The event trains participants from Thailand on the application of the EU's Trade Control Expert System (TRACES). This system aims to improve procedures for importing animals and products of animal origin using electronic exchange of import documents and other information.
This falls within a broader training programme on the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed and is one of five programmes for 2008 specifically dedicated to third countries. Others cover food testing, EU food standards, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) control and assessment of the global HPAI situation.
Overall, ten programmestake place in the EU. Those continuing from 2007 cover veterinary checks at Border Inspection Posts, animal by-products and animal welfare standards, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point principles, plant protection products and zoonoses. New programmes deal with plant health controls, hygiene and controls of meat, milk, fish and products thereof, as well as eradication of BSE and similar diseases.
These programmes should train over 4,000 participants globally, via 120 events including workshops, seminars and assistance missions.
For further information on 'Better Training for Safer Food', please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/food/training_strategy/index_en.htm