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Harmonising Horizontal Hygiene Standards and MENA Market Access

Atef Idriss, MEFOSA

(For the Advances in Liquid Processing Conference at the Third Arabian European FoodTec Days)

Regional integration is a major feature of trade policy strategies of all Arab countries, having mostly signed a series of multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade agreements over the last 20 years. These FTA s cover both intra and extra trade agreements with blocks and countries - such as Egypt , GCC, & AGHADIR signatories : as well as turkey , EU, & USA- with the aim of enhancing trade and economic integration and ultimately stimulating the region’s potential for growth and job creation.

From its annual report[1]the GUCCIAAC showed that continuing conflicts in a number of countries in the region levied heavily on trade activities in the region, especially the intra-regional trade . The consequences of which are being felt most acutely in the Levant that used to have strong economic ties between Egypt , Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Trade among these countries had been higher, on average, than among other Arab countries, but it has collapsed as the clutter of violence and related feuds resulted in technical barriers to trade, which tallied as the third most negative factor hindering trade.

Finally to further promote market access at all times ,and for a better compliance with CODEX specifics, MEFOSA believes in the need support UNIDO’s efforts in launching  Arab Accreditation Cooperation ( ARAC ) , in empowering AIDMO  standardisation practices  , and recognising the need of harmonising Pan Arab Sanitary and Hygiene Standards while  recognising  LAS efforts in launching the  Pan Arab Food Safety Authority .

 [1] Arab Economic Outlook Annual Report 2015

Conference Schedule and Program





MEFOSA can help in Hydroponic culture projects. Quality management systems need to be implemented in order to ensure a safe production.




  • ØThe process flow maps:


The mapping will include all the steps to do for planting from the nursery till the harvesting. On each step there will be monitoring of control points and especially the critical ones in order to assure a productive and high quality process flow.


MEFOSA will help in designing a process based on the Good Agriculture Practices as related to hydroponic cultures that should be applied, and will offer support in completing the missing elements and actions to guarantee a successful project.hydroponic


  • ØPre-requisite program:


Pre-requisite programs include personal hygiene, cleaning procedures of installations and utensils, pest control, packaging and essential points for Good Agricultural Practices.


The parameters to control in the quality management system: Temperature, CO2 level, PH of water and roots medium, water quality and sanitary parameters, nutritive substances content and concentration, Water level, EC measurement, Lighting, Air sterilizing, Flushing procedure.


MEFOSA will offer technical support and assistance advising on new technologies to be used for measurements to comply with the quality and safety requirements in order to deliver safe agricultural production. The quality requirements will help to better manage the plants and will reduce costs due to rejections or destruction of defective goods.







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MEFOSA (MENA Food Safety Associates)

Food safety plays a significant role in the national economic and health development by safe guarding the health of the nation, enhancing tourism, national and international trade for production, distribution and consumption of safe food, preventing avoidable losses and conserving natural resources.
The Arab region must attach great importance to ensure that the quality of goods and safe food products are delivered to the market, because such measures are necessary to guarantee the steady growth of the National economy, as well as to protect the lives and health of the Arab people.
Moreover, Food safety is an increasingly important public health issue. Governments are intensifying their efforts to improve food safety in response to increasing numbers of food safety problems and rising consumer concerns.
A simple definition of food safety is protecting people from illness or injury from handling or consuming food. But providing safe food can be complex. Efforts must be applied at every step in the process from where foods are produced across the value supply chain to through where they are consumed. Yet food safety practices, legislation and regulatory oversight vary between and even within nations. These differences can affect the integrity of local, regional and global food supply chains. That’s why we are working to achieve global food systems that are more transparent, harmonized and science-based in order to enhance public health outcomes and strengthen food security.
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