Food Safety Network
The Food Safety Network (FSN) is a U.S. government (USG) inter-agency partnership that provides science-based support to strengthen animal and plant health and food safety measures, otherwise known as the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) regulatory systems in Feed the Future (FTF) countries. The FSN does this through three primary work streams including: (i) country level SPS assessments and technical advisory services; (ii) SPS distance learning tools; (iii) and knowledge management.T
To date the partnership has strengthened impacts, leveraged resources and improved coordination to meet food safety, public health and trade objectives across more than twenty countries. USAID missions can buy-in to the FSN participatory agency program agreement for country focused technical assistance.
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Unsafe food threatens public health and undermines food security at local, regional, and global levels. For low-and middle-income countries, foodborne diseases pose a significant economic and social burden. Modern and reliable food safety regulatory systems are becoming a prerequisite for access to global markets and consumers in domestic markets are increasingly demanding safer food products. However, many developing countries’ exporters struggle with meeting global food safety standards.
The FSN is an interagency partnership agreement between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FDA/CFSAN), the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (USAID/RFS), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USAD/FAS), which aims to strengthen Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) regulatory systems with an emphasis on a Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) and Feed the Future (FTF) countries. The program is designed to strengthen impacts, leverage resources, and improve coordination to meet food safety, nutrition and public health objectives, as well as improved trade.
The FSN works to build SPS systems’ capacities around the world, targeting a broad range of measures, including those that lead to governments’ compliance with internationally accepted and science-based SPS standards that support an enabling environment for private sector access to markets.
FSN has three main components:
The FSN has been very successful at increasing the visibility of its programming and food safety as a development and trade priority in general among key audiences. As a result, the program has leveraged approximately $20 million in financial and human resources for capacity building activities globally. This has been complemented by broader international attention to the issue of food-borne disease and its effect on poverty and malnutrition, as well as the need for increased investment as highlighted by the first-ever international conferences on food safety in Ethiopia and Switzerland in 2019.
From the food safety interagency working group to bilateral consultations and technical assessments visits with USAID missions, engagement and partnership with multilateral institutions, the private sector, and foreign entities such as the African Union, the FSN program has highlighted the depth of this interagency partnership mechanism to support global food safety capacity.
FSN-compiled publications and other resource materials for practitioners doing sanitary and phytosanitary capacity building globally.