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The two day forum to facilitate the harmonisation of food safety standards, regulations and legislation in the ASEAN region was held at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on the the 8th & 9th December 2015.

Officiated by YB Datuk Seri Dr. S.Subramaniam, Minister of Health Malaysia, in support the event’s Platinum Sponsors, DPO International and Novozymes, the 2 day forum was about nurturing the EU-ASEAN policy dialogue on a harmonised food safety and food regulatory environment.

Mr.Daniel Pans, DPO International’s Group CEO & Deputy Chairman of the EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry gave the opening address for Day 2 of the event, speaking on the topic of Harmonized Food Safety Standards as a solid business case for ASEAN.

Speakers and panellists involved comprised food safety experts and thought leaders including Mr. Paul Mandl from the ASEAN Regional Integration Support from the EU (ARISE) programme, Ms. Viengxay Vansilalom from the Ministry of Health, Lao PDR, Mr. Adhi Lukman, the current Chairman of GAPMMI, the Indonesian Food & Beverages Association, Ms. Noraini Dato’ Mohd. Othman from the Ministry of Health, Malaysia & ASEAN Expert Group on Food Safety (AEGFS) and more.

The forum was moderated by Professor Jørgen Schlundt from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore who was previously the Director for the Food Safety and Zoonoses Department in WHO.

Over 140 participants attended the event, comprising food academics, policy makers, government representatives from ministries as well as food corporations, companies and SMEs. The main theme and scopes covered during the event were The Current Status & Future Direction for Food Safety and Harmonization in ASEAN, Challenges & Key Considerations, Support & Initiative and Collaboration for Effective Standards Implementation.

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