Food safety standards in the Asia-Pacific region need to be comprehensively overhauled, a UN Food & Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) conference has advised visiting delegates.

Recent food and livestock-related disease outbreaks are “symptomatic of food safety systems not working properly and of the lack of integrated mechanisms in the region – and often within individual countries – to predict potential outbreaks and organise rapid responses to prevent them,” said an FAO note on proceedings. The meeting was held at Seremban, Malaysia.

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