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AETS to organise study visits on EU sanitary control systems for delegations from Saudi Arabia

AETS to organise study visits on EU sanitary control systems for delegations from Saudi Arabia

AETS received two requests concerning the organisation of study visits designed to demonstrate the robustness of the EU sanitary control system to delegations from the Kingdom of Saud Arabia. These requests fall under the scope of the DG TRADE framework contract managed by AETS. In 2017, Saudi Arabia exported approximately €69 million worth of agri-food products to the EU and imported over €4 billion from the EU, making it the EU's 6th most significant export destination for agri-food. Given the extent of the market, it is important to ensure that it remains open and to facilitate further export where possible.

 

The first mission will focus on animal health and food safety of food of animal origin. In particular, the emphasis will be on the control of highly pathogenic avian influenza and the controls on beef related to the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (mad cow disease).

The second mission will address the traceability of food products from farm to fork, covering both food of animal and plant origin.

Both missions will involve officials and policy-makers from the Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA).

The visits will include high-level meetings with the competent authorities of EU Member States, meetings with the European Commission (specifically, DG TRADE and DG SANTE) and field visits to farms, border inspection posts, official laboratories, food processing plants and wholesale markets.

One in-house SPS expert and one event organiser will accompany the delegations during the study visit in the EU, which will take place in October and November 2018.