World Bank Group publication helps improve food safety, streamline inspections in Armenia

The Investment Climate Advisory Services of the World Bank Group have released a new publication for Armenian food producers designed to help them improve food safety standards and become more competitive.

The publication, Guidelines for the Implementation of Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Hygiene Practices, provides producers with practical advice on how to comply with basic hygiene and manufacturing rules. It also provides advice for inspectors, offering a standardized approach for assessing compliance and making the process more efficient. To raise awareness about those practices, the Armenia Investment Climate Reform and the IFC Armenia Food Safety Improvement Projects jointly organized a seminar for food producers and inspectors today and presented the new publication.

“The introduction of practices highlighted in the guidelines will significantly reduce food contamination risks,” said Abraham Bakhchagulyan, Head of the State Service for Food Safety of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia. “These practices are also vital for the formation of food safety systems compliant with the standards of the European Union, which is one of our key goals.”

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