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Project lead partner: State Plant Protection Service of Latvia

Project Junior Partner: State Plant Service of Lithuania

Involved institutions: Ministry of Agriculture of Latvia, Food and Veterinary Service of Latvia and Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment BIOR of Latvia

Beneficiary: Azerbaijan Food Safety Agency

The overall objective is to contribute to increase of the safety of food and feed placed on the market and enhance export opportunities through improved compliance with sanitary and phytosanitary standards.

The specific objective is to strengthen the capacity of the Food Safety Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan to develop and enforce SPS compliant legislation with one focus on food and feed of plant origin.

Mandatory results:

  1. National secondary food safety legislation further aligned with the EU Acquis;
  2. Proposal for legislative framework and system of PPPs marketing authorization and control developed and approved by AFSA;
  3. Proposal for monitoring programmes for pesticide residues, heavy metals, mycotoxins, and other undesired/forbidden substances in products of plant origin (with one focus on export destined products) developed and approved at AFSA level – and its implementation assisted;
  4. Proposal for IT based Phytosanitary Information System developed and approved by AFSA.

EU financing: 1,5 M EUR

Implementation period:  16.11.2020. – 15.11.2022.

Representatives of the Food Safety Agency of Azerbaijan visit Food and Veterinary Service this week to be introduced with official food safety control system in Latvia within the project "Strengthening of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures in Azerbaijan".

During the study visit, experts from the Food and Veterinary Service will present the planning of official control at state level, as well as at regional level.

Experts will visit visit the territorial structural unit of FVS and several food business operators as well.

Also experts will visit the port of Riga where they will be introduced with basic principles of import control work organization.