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Investing in food safety for global benefits – a concrete case in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries

Food safety technical toolkit for Asia and the Pacific No. 3










FAO. 2021. Investing in food safety for global benefits – A concrete case in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. Food safety technical toolkit for Asia and the Pacific No. 3. Bangkok.


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