Private sector has tools to impact food safety and security

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David Crean, Vice President of Corporate Research and Development. General Debate, Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), FAO Headquarters (Plenary Hall). ©FAO/©Alessandra Benedetti

The private sector has the tools and expertise to impact food safety and therefore food security solutions.

This is according to the Global Vice-President of Mars Incorporated, the company that produces many of the world's best known chocolate bars.

He was speaking at the UN Food and Agriculture headquarters at the closing of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).

Representing the private sector group of the UN Committee on Food Security, David Crean said businesses are well placed to support food safety and avoid damage to human and economic development.

“Often businesses have the tools, capabilities and expertise to impact food safety. And we have a responsibility to collaborate with regulators, researchers and civil society to make it happen. (0'14")

 

Mr Crean added that by using these collaborations it will be possible to ensure that food safety is recognized as a basic human right.

During the nutrition conference, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan announced that food safety would be the theme of World Health Day in 2015.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations, Rome.

Duration:  1’09″

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