Food that is is dangerous to consume has a devastating impact on food security. Food safety can affect availability and access to both calories and micronutrients, limit use and uptake, and damage the stability of dietary intake. Vulnerable populations — such as the elderly, the immune-compromised, pregnant and lactating women, and children during the first 1,000 days of life — are especially at risk. In addition, food safety challenges can impede economic growth that would otherwise occur through increases in harvests and trade.
Abt Associates helps our clients respond to food safety challenges around the world, particularly those concerning:
- Policy, legal, and regulatory environments
- Risk assessment, management, and communications
- High-profile hazards
- Key aspects of food control systems, such as surveillance, laboratory services, and recalls
- Compliance of supply chain actors to both official standards and private requirements.
We have specific competence in — and ongoing involvement with projects — working to upgrade sanitary and phytosanitary control systems in several countries, assure compliance for specific industries and value chains, and prevent and control aflatoxin in Africa.
Moreover, Abt staff members have longstanding working relationships in food safety with:
- International agencies, including the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Bank, and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO);
- Leading regulatory bodies through the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Food Safety Cooperation Forum’s Partnership Training Initiative; and
- Private scheme-holders such as Global Food Safety Initiative and GlobalGAP.