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FAO Regional Workshop – Development of a set of National Food Safety Indicators

19–21 November 2019 Bangkok, Thailand









FAO. 2020. FAO Regional workshop  Development of a set of National Food Safety Indicators. 1921 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand. Meeting proceedings. Bangkok.



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