By Ibrahim Mohamed
The Information Centre of the National Food Safety Authority issued its fifth weekly report in 2024 for the period from January 27 to February 2, which includes many different activities.
NFSA has visited citrus packing stations to follow up on the current export season on Monday, January 29.
Also, it participated in the meeting of the Vegetable and Fruit Committee of the General Authority for Specifications and Quality on Wednesday, January 31.
The General Administration of Factories Control carried out 74 supervisory missions on food factories in all governorates during the last week.
Eleven food facilities were registered with the National Food Safety Authority.
Examination, inspection, and accreditation visits by the Department of Control of Packing Stations and Centres reached 56; 5 establishments were registered; 3 facilities are currently listed on the white list; and 2765 export permits were issued to agricultural crops.
Potatoes have topped the list of exported Egyptian vegetables by 15,000 tons, followed by beans and sweet potatoes with 7000 tons each, and citrus fruits topped the list of exported fruits last week with a total of 70,000 tons, followed by strawberries with 10,000 tons and various fruits with a total of 5000 tons.
Saudi Arabia, Libya, the Netherlands, and Russia represented the largest recipients of Egyptian exports over the past week out of a total of 155 importing countries.
The General Administration for Registration and Licensing of Private Food registered 89 products, carried out 4 supervisory visits, examined 432 new products, and issued 8 free sale certificates.
A training course was also held for managers of the Egyptian Holding Company for Silos and Storage entitled “Basic Requirements for Grain Storage Facilities” (silos and barns) to comply with the requirements of NFSA for inclusion in the white list.
Also, the complaints management team has launched campaigns at the 505 food facility to ensure the safety of the food products offered in a number of governorates.
With regard to Laboratory Management, the department prepared technical reports for 1678 samples of imported food shipments, 867 samples of food for export, and 113 samples of special food products.
With regard to school feeding warehouses, 13 supervisory visits were carried out on existing school feeding warehouses in a number of governorates; 2 sites for new school feeding warehouses were inspected (under construction) in Al-Sharqia; and 2 sites were completed to reach 85 sites that were completed.
The General Department of Slaughterhouses conducted 8 inspection visits to poultry and meat slaughterhouses, in addition to issuing 12 permissions to natural envelope factories.
The food safety branch in Gharbia, Port Said, Damietta, Faiyum, Al-Sharqia, New Aswan, Beheira, Beni Suef governorates, and 10th of Rammadan City launched extensive inspection campaigns to ensure the implementation of food safety requirements.
This came as part of the efforts of the directives of Dr Tareq el Hobi, Chairman of the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA), to tighten the control over food establishments to ensure the safety of the food products offered and to preserve the health of consumers in various governorates.