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Since 2008, SGS INSTITUT FRESENIUS has been providing technical support to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Food Safety Capacity Building on Residue Control Project. The Project, which is funded by the EU, is scheduled to finish at the end of 2012.

Consulting and training measures from SGS INSTITUT FRESENIUS help improve food safety and monitoring and increase the level of cooperation in the SADC Region. The project focuses on agricultural products, fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat and fishery products. SADC countries are being enabled to test products for compliance on a number of hygiene and safety parameters and for contaminants, such as antibiotic residues, heavy metals, or microbiological pollutants.

With the assistance of SGS INSTITUT FRESENIUS, the first step for SADC was to identify the status quo in the different countries and set up coordinating committees for all Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) matters, including food safety. Furthermore, SGS staff trained about 30 employees from reference labs of the SADC Member States, showing them how to develop quality assurance systems based on ISO 17025. In the months ahead, SGS INSTITUT FRESENIUS will support the implementation of appropriate food monitoring systems in the SADC Member States.

Contact:

Jennifer Buckley
Global Food Marketing Manager

SGS Consumer Testing Services
t: +1 (973) 461 1498
Website: www.sgs.com/foodsafety

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