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    Guidelines for risk-based fish inspection 2009
    Fish and fishery products are nutritious and healthy and are an important source of food and livelihood for many millions of people worldwide. However, if such products are not handled and processed correctly the consumer may be at risk. Fish inspection is concerned with ensuring that the consumer has access to safe and nutritious fish and fish products, whether the fish is from domestic sources of supply, imported or to be exported to consumers in another country. The present guidelines are des igned to complement the FAO Risk-based food inspection manual, and consist of five main sections: 1) introduction, 2) important characteristics of fish as food, food safety hazards, and the risk-based approach to fish inspection, 3) key elements of the fish inspection process, 4) the knowledge and understanding required by fish inspectors in order to carry out their duties, and 5) sources of further information on the topics covered in these guidelines. Key references that provide more informati on on the topics covered in these guidelines and that are recommended further reading are listed at the end of the final chapter. These guidelines will assist fish inspectors to carry out these responsibilities and are designed to be used in conjunction with the generic food inspection procedures described in the FAO Food and nutrition paper 89 Risk-based food inspection manual.
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    Technical guidance principles of risk-based meat inspection and their application 2019
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    Food safety regulatory authorities are responsible for safeguarding health and fair trade of food by ensuring that food distributed meets relevant food standards. To achieve this, sound food safety policies and risk management activities are required to ensure that food safety issues of highest importance are identified and appropriate control measures are implemented. The Principles of Risk-Based Meat Inspection and their Application presents key general principles and highlights the minimum requirements for a properly functioning Risk-Based Meat Inspection system. It is primarily designed for senior management, heads of meat inspection services and competent authorities responsible for decision-making on the establishment of policies and standards, the design and management of inspection programmes, and equivalence agreements with trading partners. It also targets private sector operators, such as meat processors and traders, who are ultimately responsible for the production and marketing of safe and suitable food. It is expected that the publication of this guidance document will bring on board all contributors to the meat value chain and advocate for a shift of attitudes towards acceptance of an evidence-based approach to meat inspection.
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    Report of the FAO Workshop on Risk-based Fish Rejection at Borders. Rome, 30 October to 1 November 2019 2020
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    The FAO workshop on risk-based fish inspection at borders was held to understand the key food safety standard compliance challenges when exporting fishery and aquaculture products; in doing so, it sought to guide future FAO work in the area of trade facilitation. Available data from some of the main importing countries was presented during the event and the differences between the rejection profiles analysed. Participating countries presented their food safety regulation frameworks, which provide the basis – as well as the authority – to operate a food import control system designed to protect consumers and facilitate fair practices in food trade. Participants explained how their respective import food control systems provided the level of protection deemed appropriate by the country, establishing safety measures that protected human life or health within a country’s territory. Participants recommended the application of risk-based imported fish controls and provided a set of recommendations to improve the reporting of import rejections, as well as recommendations to improve data analysis.

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