Don: Asean food safety frame­work could pose chal­lenge to SMEs

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

KUALA LUMPUR: Small and medium en­ter­prises (SMEs) may face a huge chal­lenge should a reg­u­la­tory frame­work on food safety stan­dards be im­ple­mented in Asean coun­tries.

The frame­work will prompt the SMEs to com­ply with a haz­ard anal­y­sis on food safety which re­quires ex­per­tise and knowl­edge that can be quite costly for most of them.

“The haz­ard anal­y­sis on food safety re­quires a busi­ness to do checks on its food prod­ucts safety level, and many SMEs em­ploy­ing five to six peo­ple may find that hir­ing an ex­pert can be costly,” Prof Jor­gen Sch­lundt of Sin­ga­pore’s Nanyang Tech­no­log­i­cal Univer­sity said at the the third EU-Asean Fo­rum on Food Safety 2016 here yes­ter­day.

He said the process will be a chal­lenge as Asean mem­ber states have to come to an agree­ment to im­ple­ment the frame­work. “The Euro­pean Union (EU) has a reg­u­la­tory frame­work on food safety, which means all mem­ber states have to fol­low the reg­u­la­tions, whereas Asean does not have one.”

Asean is work­ing on a frame­work on food safety stan­dards that will be on par with the EU’s. – Ber­nama

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