COMESA is spearheading the development a framework that will help its member States reduce costs associated with multiple testing for Aflatoxin contamination on the maize commodity in the export and import trade
The Mutual Recognition Framework will support a network of specialised laboratories in the Member States with competence in Aflatoxin analysis and certification. The initiative will involve conduct training on sampling and testing for Aflatoxin grain traders associations, millers and processors. The targeted laboratories include four in Kenya, two in Malawi and one each in Rwanda Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Currently, no mutual recognition of technical standards and equivalence of food safety systems exist of staple foods crossing borders and this continues to be an impediment to intra-COMESA trade.
Read more. Source | Standard Digital