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EU-ASEAN Forum on Food Safety 2016

‘Food Safety & Reducing Food Wastage is a Collective Responsibility’

The 3rd EU-ASEAN Forum on Food Safety was recently held at the Nexus Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 22nd – 23rd November 2016. The 2 day forum event was officiated by YB Dato’ Seri Dr. Hilmi bin Haji Yahaya, Deputy Minister of Health Malaysia.

The EU-ASEAN Forum on Food Safety 2016 is built on the momentum of its inaugural forum in 2014, and has since become a flagship platform for the EU and ASEAN communities in the public and private sector to discuss regulatory challenges and opportunities for the unification of standards for food safety throughout the region.

Platinum sponsor of the EU-ASEAN Forum, TheRiceBowl.Asia by DPO International, is an online platform for food industry experts to engage, focusing specifically on the Asian food market.

DPO International has been a strong supporter, advocate and platinum sponsor of the EU-ASEAN Forum since its inaugural event in 2014. Mr. Daniel Pans, Group CEO of DPO International and the Head of the Organizing Committee gave the opening address for Day 2 of the event, speaking on the topic of ‘How Can a Food Regulatory Framework Contribute to the Reduction of Food Waste’.

The 2 days forum event was divided into sessions that focused on vital topics concerning food safety including:

  • Status Quo: Food Safety & Food Standard Harmonization Initiatives
  • Principles of the ASEAN Food Safety Policy
  • Effective Communication of Food Safety Measures
  • RELIGIOUS PERSPECTIVE: Food Safety in Halal Assurance & Halal e-Commerce

This year’s event saw highly stimulating presentations & discussions from prominent thought leaders in the industry, with more thought-provoking dialogues between attendees and the panellists/speakers. Participants were inspired to access the current situation and possible strategies to implement a unified food safety standard within ASEAN countries. 

Speakers and panellists comprising food safety experts and thought leaders included Mr. Paul Mandl from the ASEAN Regional Integration Support from the EU (ARISE) programme, Dr. Patrick Deboyser, Minister Counsellor, Delegation of the European Union to Thailand, Mr. Adhi Lukman, Chair, Indonesia Food & Beverage Association (GAPMMI), Indonesia, Ms. Noraini Dato’ Mohd. Othman, Senior Director Food Safety & Quality, Ministry of Health, Malaysia and more (full list at ).

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.

The closed door event had over 140 participants, comprising food academics, policy makers, government representatives from ministries as well as food corporations, companies and SMEs.

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