The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has set an April 30 deadline for developing a global food safety system that would allow food-processing companies to share data with each other.
The agency is asking the industry to come up with a proposal by June 30 to help the UN fund the program, which aims to provide assistance to food producers and processors around the world, such as processors that process agricultural products such as wheat and rice, and manufacturers that make the food they make available to consumers.
The UNFPA is tasked with developing a system that is “comprehensive, timely and transparent” and that includes “federal standards, international trade agreements, market access agreements and a food safety framework that protects the health and well-being of consumers.”
The system would also require food-distribution companies to ensure their own food is safe.
The plan also calls for a “fair and equitable distribution of financial and other support to food processing and food-borne diseases prevention programs” in order to ensure that “foods and products manufactured from food-grade ingredients, including trace elements, are safe and secure.”
“It is important that food producers, processors and retailers have access to information on food safety and food safety measures in order that they can take action to protect the public health,” UNFPS chief executive Jens-Christian Seidl said in a statement on Friday.
“A food safety-based system can help us to better understand the current and potential risks of food-related illness, prevent the spread of foodborne pathogens and address the impact of food insecurity on the health of the people who are affected.”
The food-security sector is growing as a major source of support for farmers and their operations.
The United States is the world’s second-largest producer of grains and corn, behind China, and it is also the largest importer of wheat and corn.
In 2016, the U.S. accounted for more than a quarter of global grain imports, a category that includes both grains and cereals, according to the U and UK Food and Agricultural Organizations.
A recent report from the Food and Environment Research Institute at the University of California, Davis, found that the U, which has the highest number of farmers per capita, is “the second-most affected by foodborne illnesses, behind only China.”
The report said that China has been the most affected in the world due to its large food-grain exports and the impact that these exports have had on human health and the environment.
In its annual report for 2018, the UNFPC said that its primary goal was to address food-disinfection and foodborne diseases in agriculture, but that it also aims to protect other sectors from foodborne illness, as well.
“The United NationsFPS is responsible for providing food security assistance to all food-producing countries in the Global Food Security Framework and for the prevention of food contamination,” UNPFO secretary-general Yvan Mayel said in the statement.
“This is a critical time for food security and development.
We call on the industry, industry partners and all stakeholders to contribute to this important agenda.”