The ASEAN Member States officials finalised the text of the ASEAN Food Safety Framework (AFSRF) Agreement in 2020. This Agreement is currently with ASEAN Member States and undergoing national consultation in preparation for the official signing. The Agreement provides the basis of a comprehensive regulatory framework for food safety. The objectives of the AFSRF Agreement provide for facilitating the free flow of safe food within ASEAN through the harmonisation of sanitary and phytosanitary measures and standards for food to minimise technical barriers for intra-ASEAN trade. The Agreement objectives will be achieved through the development and adoption of a series of protocols (legally binding instruments for specific food safety measures) in a phased manner.
The AFSRF Task Force, comprising of ASEAN officials from ASEAN Member States economic, health and agricultural sectors, met on 11th August 2021 to identify priority protocols as provided ASEAN Food Safety Framework (AFSRF) Agreement at a workshop supported by ARISE Plus.
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