CAIRO: Egypt’s cabinet on Wednesday endorsed a draft bill to establish a long-awaited unified body for food safety issues, Youm7 reported.
The cabinet approved the bill to form the National Authority for Food Safety “to ensure proper preparation, cultivation, handling, and storage of food in ways that prevent environmental and health hazards,” Trade and Industry Minister Khaled Qabil said during a press conference on Wednesday following the weekly meeting of the cabinet.
The new body will be tasked with several terms of reference, including setting up binding rules for food safety in accordance with international standards, supervising food handling operations and applying international quality specifications, Qabil said.
“Work on the establishment of such a body took about 12 years due to the complexity to avoid overlap in terms of reference annexed to the new body and those of several state ministries including trade, industry, health, supply, tourism and others,” the minister said.
The new body will be subordinate to the presidency and will be headed by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, he added, noting that the new authority will be ready to fulfill its tasks within a year.