Quality of food products plays a central role in food safety as it affects consumer health and well-being.
For member countries of OIC/IOFS, many aspects of food safety are based on principles of Halal, which has recently become synonymous with quality. Today halal food standards have become global in production of goods and services.
The Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) aims to assist its member countries by:
- working closely with national food manufacturers to prevent or minimize food hazards;
- delivering expertise about food chain production, regulation and storage of food using non-GMO methods;
- pushing state bodies to establish food safety and quality standards, as well as halal food production;
- organizing seminars and conferences for scientists from OIC/IOFS countries to provide platform for dialogue and exchange of independent scientific advice on food safety matters;
- promoting halal food standards and developing export of halal products.
Key Challenges of Global Food Safety:
- Globalization of trade of products and services - food supply chains continue to grow and become more complex;
- New ingredients and technologies;
- Increased popularity of organic, natural and minimally processed products;
- Growth of vulnerable groups (allergy sufferers, elderly people, children);
- Food contamination during transportation processes, both accidental and deliberate;
- The emergence of new microorganisms and antibiotic resistance.
- Large-scale outbreaks of food-borne diseases;
- Growing concerns about food safety and corresponding customer demands.
Basic principles of global food safety:
- Regulatory requirements. International trade legislature in importing countries.
- Customer and partner demands. Reputation of reliability. Participation in tenders. Social responsibility;
- Willingness to continuously improve the owned enterprise. Improving management efficiency through analysis, regulation and control;
- Awareness, rights and loyalty of consumers.