Food safety is of significance – Tonga

By Staff Reporter

The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) says food safety is important and of public health significance.

In a statement, NBA Registrar, Lackson Tonga emphasised the need for quality foods could not be over emphasized saying risk assessment was an essential tool in ensuring safe and healthy foods.

“Food safety is of public health importance and the NBA plays a big role in ensuring the safety of the public, animals and the environment. Our mandate is to regulate the import, export, transit, research and development, use and application involving genetically modified products,” he said.

“Currently the stressful conditions due to various factors including climate change have resulted in human beings finding solutions to mitigate this and genetic modification has resulted into increased production of Genetically Modified foods”.

Tonga added that the foods cannot be consumed without undergoing risk assessment.

“Safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. If the food is not safe, it does not only pose a risk to the consumers but also the economy and the health care systems of a nation,” he said.

And Tonga said that the NBA was aware of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/ World Health Organization (WHO) Codex standards on Genetically Modified foods and was working towards incorporating those into guidelines.

The first ever World Food Day was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2018 and will be celebrated on 7 June 2019 under the theme food safety, everyone’s business.

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