By Ibrahim Mohamed
The Information Centre of the National Food Safety Authority issued its fourth weekly report in 2024 for the period from January 20 to 26, which includes many different activities.
The General Administration of Factories Control carried out 96 supervisory missions on food factories in all governorates during the last week.
Fourteen food facilities were registered with the National Food Safety Authority, and one factory is currently listed on the white list.
Examination, inspection, and accreditation visits by the Department of Control of Packing Stations and Centres reached 59; 4 establishments were registered; 3 facilities are currently listed on the white list; and 2558 export permits were issued to agricultural crops.
Potatoes have topped the list of exported Egyptian vegetables by 16,000 tons, followed by beans with 15,000 tons, then vegetables with a total of 10,000 tons, and citrus fruits topped the list of exported fruits last week with a total of 60,000 tons, followed by strawberries and bananas with a total of 12,000 and 5000 tons, respectively.
Saudi Arabia, Libya, Morocco, 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 68 products and 14 companies, carried out 6 supervisory visits, examined 703 new products, and issued 13 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.
The complaints management team launched campaigns at the 772 food facility to ensure the safety of the food products offered in a number of governorates.
In addition to attending the Sailofoods School Feeding System meeting with warehouse owners to coordinate and prepare for the second semester of the school year 2023-2024.
The General Department of Slaughterhouses conducted 7 inspection visits to poultry and meat slaughterhouses, in addition to issuing 17 permissions to natural envelope factories.
Also, NFSA has participated in an inspection with a delegation from the Ministry of Local Development and the Directorate of Veterinary Medicine to receive 10 slaughterhouses in Aswan, Luxor, New Valley, Assiut, and Sohag governorates.
The food safety branch in Gharbia, Monufia, Damietta, Faiyum, Al-Sharqia, New Aswan, Assiut, Minya, Sohag, South Sinai, and Beni Suef governorates 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.