By Ibrahim Mohamed
The National Food Safety Authority’s (NFSA) media centre issued on Sunday its 34th weekly report for the period from September 23 to 29, which included various activities.
The NFSA took part in intercountry meeting for nutrition in Amman, Jordan, during the period from September 19-21, under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Salha Bint Asem. Experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) updated delegates on relevant WHO guidance and resources, and opportunities for technical support. They shared country experiences on policy implementation, as well as other success stories and challenges, and identified country support needs and opportunities for intercountry collaboration.
Meanwhile, the General Organisation for Import and Export Control (GOEIC) carried out 84 control missions on food factories in all governorates nationwide during the fourth week of September, and 10 food establishments were registered with the National Food Safety Authority.
The number of food consignments exported, according to the report of GOEIC, reached 3,600, an increase of 250 consignments over last week. The exported consignments amounted to 175,000 tonnes, an increase of 15,000 tonnes. They varied between 530 types of vegetables, fresh fruits, black honey, and different food products.
This week, sweet potatoes topped the list of exported Egyptian vegetables with 8,000 tonnes, followed by potatoes with 7,000 tonnes, beans with a total of 6,000 tonnes, while pomegranates topped the list of exported fruits with a total of 11,000 tons, mangoes with 9,000 tonnes, and strawberries with 6,000 tonnes.
Last week, the United States of America was the largest receiving country for Egyptian exports, followed by Saudi Arabia and Spain, out of a total of 135 importing countries.
Safaga Port ranked first in the number of exported food consignments, with a total of 560 consignments, followed by Alexandria Port, with 520 consignments, and Damietta Port, with a total of 406 consignments.