Baku, Azerbaijan, March 14
By Ilkin Shafiyev – Trend:
The Food Safety Agency of Azerbaijan plans to develop new standards on food production, Chairman of the Agency Goshgar Tahmazli said at a press conference in Baku on March 14.
He said that these standards will cover the slaughter of cattle, storage and delivery of products, as well as conduct of a medical examination for workers being in contact with this product.
Meat is in the group of foods that can pose the greatest risk to public health, Tahmazli added.
"Some believe that slaughtering of cattle in their presence is an indicator of safety, but this is not the case. Certain hygienic procedures should be carried out," he said.
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.
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.