CAIRO: Prime Minister Sherif Ismail discussed Monday a draft law to establish a national authority to monitor the implementation of food safety measures before reaching the market, according to state-run newspaper Al-Ahram.
A proposal for the draft law was initially approved during a Monday meeting attended by the Ismail. The law is scheduled to be presented before the cabinet in June.
As quoted by Al-Ahram, the prime minister said that the to-be-established authority will be responsible for monitoring food safety at different stages and guarantee consumers’ protection which would increase the competitiveness of the local food industry and export opportunities.
The authority will be tasked with supervising the food industry and products, whether they are locally made or imported, to ensure that all phases; production, processing, packaging, preservation, storage, transportation and marketing are adhering to health and safety standards.
During the meeting, Trade and Industry Minister Tariq Al-Kabil said that establishing an independent body concerned with food safety has become a necessity to guarantee the quality of available products at Egyptian markets.
Al-Kabil added that the law, if ratified, will improve the quality of the Egyptian food industry, thereby increasing its national and international competitiveness as well as increasing the levels of investment in this vital sector.
Over the last few months, the Supply Ministry, along with the Veterinarian authority, have launched several crackdowns on shops, food factories, butcheries and selling markets, in which tons of unlicensed and invalid meat, poultry, fish and other food products have been seized.