8 April 2015
Tokelau partake at the first “Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures” training that was held last month at the Secretariat of the Pacific Commission centre in Suva, Fiji.
The intense training is part of a development programme in the region by New Zealand and Secretariat of the Pacific capacity building and development in the Pacific, to ensure international health standards are met by pacific countries.
“The training was basically on measures to ensure that the food is safe for consumers, and to prevent the spread of pests or diseases among animals and plants. These sanitary and phytosanitary measures will require products to meet international standards through the right inspection of products, specific treatment or processing of products, setting of allowable maximum levels of pesticide residues – basically cover areas under Market Access, Pest Risk Analyses and Mass Production that covers structural linking to issues addressing bio-security and trade”, says the Environment Manager, Kelemeni Tavuto.
“Sanitary (human and animal health) and phytosanitary (plant health) measures apply to domestically produced food or local animal and plant diseases, as well as imported products coming from other countries.” the Environment Manager added.
Tokelau was among five countries to participate at the month long training; all participants received certificates at the end of the training.