Sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) stakeholders from the East African Community (EAC) Partner States are now better prepared to develop national residue control plans because of the USAID Hub. These plans will help the EAC Partner States comply with today’s food safety standards and stem economic losses from trade rejection caused by high residue levels. Monitoring of hazards, residues and other contaminants is critical for effective food safety management and provides confidence to trading partners.
From November 27 - December 15, the Hub conducted a regional training on the development of residue control plans for the EAC Partner States. The aim was to sensitize stakeholders on the importance of official controls; enhance understanding of the conditions that need to be met; and review how to apply the tools for surveillance and risk management. Workshop participants reviewed policy considerations and were taken through the process for the development of national residue plans for priority sectors and value chains.
Workshop participants included representatives from competent/regulatory authorities responsible for food safety official controls; representatives of competent/regulatory authorities responsible for import and export of products of plant and animal origin; senior staff based at laboratories serving competent authorities and representatives of commodity professional associations.
The EAC partner states have initiated efforts to control hazards and improve food safety. However, the partner states find it difficult to meet today’s food safety standards because of insufficient research and lack of effective residue monitoring and control systems. The economic losses from trade rejection caused by high residues are considerable for farmers, industry, governments and the people in countries that might be affected.
The USAID Hub is helping EAC Partner States to develop residue monitoring plans in animal and plant products. Implementing a residue monitoring plan based on risk demonstrates that a country has an effective food control system in place.
The Hub has conducted these trainings to strengthen agricultural trade within the EAC and between the EAC and the US Government as per the Cooperation Agreement on SPS measures, Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Trade Facilitation that was signed in February 2015.