International Forum on

 “Strengthening Food Safety Standards”

March 5 - 8, 2018

Colombo, Sri Lanka


Food Safety Standards are important determinants of international food trade and ensuring consumer health.Farm to plate food quality and safety is a prerequisite in global trade. Therefore, private food standards are becoming basic requirement in the context of international trade. Proliferation of private food standards act as an obstacle for food exports of developing countries in Asia. Harmonization of private food standards and knowledge on those standards play a vital role in ensuring international trade and wider market access.

International Forum on “Strengthening Food Safety Standards” – 2018

organized by APO / CIRDAP / HARTI will provide a platform to government officials, experts, food processing industry SMEs to deliberate on recent advancements in Food Safety Management (FSM) through, 

  • Sharing recent developments, knowledge and emerging trends in FSM systems in global markets
  • Formulating strategic recommendations for food industry SMEs to enable them to meet the FSM standards


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Event Highlights


Day 01: Monday, March 5, 2018


Session 01:Food safety standards and export market regulations

Session 02: Food safety standards / regulations requirements for successful exports


Day 02: Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Session 3: Successful models of enterprise-level FSM systems for successful food exports

 Session 4: Novel approaches and technologies to enhance FSM systems

Day 03: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Country paper presentation and experiencing Sri Lankan FSM systems in SMEs


Day 04: Thursday, March 8, 2018

Session 5: Policies to facilitate food producers and processors in enhancing food safety systems, sustainable productivity and competitiveness


Session 6: Panel Discussion: Food safety challenges to the Asian food producers and processors over the next five years and what they need to transform those challenges into opportunities