Food Safety in the Asia-Pacific: Current status, policy perspectives, and a way forward

Sustainable Consumption and Production in a Climate Constrained World: Perspectives for the Asia Pacific所収
Chapter: Vol III, 2010
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Food Safety in the Asia-Pacific: Current status, policy perspectives, and a way forward

Food safety is an important issue requiring equal attention to food quantity and access to ensure holistic food security in the Asia-Pacific region. This chapter explores key issues in food safety in terms of SCP. Food safety is an issue of sustainable production and consumption in agriculture since both are linked through a web of feedback connections. Organic agriculture provides an important opportunity to promote food safety, although it is not the only answer. A combination of policies and actions including integrating food safety standards, policy coordination with relevant stakeholders through a lifecycle approach, producer and consumer capacity building, and better storage infrastructure are necessary to bring needed safe food security to the Asia-Pacific region. The research on food safety is at a nascent stage in the Asia-Pacific region and needs encouragement to contribute to policy processes and holistic food safety.

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