New Zealand Embassy Washington, United States of America
NZ becomes first country to sign food safety agreement with the US
Ambassador Moore welcomes Mike Taylor Deputy Commissioner for Food at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Carol Barnao, Deputy Director General Standards, Ministry for Primary Industries to New Zealand in Washington DC for the signing of an agreement that recognizes each country’s food safety systems as providing a comparable degree of food safety assurance.
New Zealand became the first country in the world to sign such an agreement with the US with Mr Taylor noting that “the arrangement with New Zealand is part of an overall strategy for strengthening the global food safety net through closer collaboration with regulators around the world, highlighted in FDA’s report “Pathway to Global Product Safety and Quality”.
Ms Barnao echoed these sentiment noting that both countries had done a huge amount of work ahead of the signing, including in-country validation of each other’s regulatory systems to determine if they provide a similar set of food safety protections to that of the importing country.