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The FDA evaluates Spain's official food safety control system

The FDA evaluates Spain's official food safety control system

2019/18/06 - The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) of the United States is visiting Spain, from June 10 to 21, to evaluate the official control system of food safety in this country and see if there is equivalence between the Spanish food safety norms (which are the same as the European Union's) and those of the American organization.

The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) is the partner agency of the FDA in Spain, so it is coordinating and supporting this visit, which also has the support of the European Commission, since this exercise is part of a project carried out between the European Commission and the FDA.

The AESAN, as a previous step in this visit, has reported that it has prepared a broad and rigorous file that it has sent to the FDA and that has been thoroughly studied by the American auditors. The file includes both the regulations applicable along the food chain and the organization of official controls, coordinated by the Spanish agency.

On June 10, the initial meeting was held at AESAN and the five teams of American auditors who, for two weeks, will visit food establishments, offices of the competent authorities and official control laboratories, located in seven Spanish Autonomous Communities, to assess whether the controls carried out by Spanish inspectors can be considered equivalent to the requirements required by the United States authorities.

The Autonomous Communities that participate in this exercise are Andalucía, Comunidad Valenciana, La Rioja and Madrid. In addition, public and private official control laboratories located in Catalonia, Galicia, Valencia and the Basque Country will be visited, as well as the national reference laboratories for food: the National Food Center (CNA), under the AESAN and the Agri-Food Arbitration Laboratory
, under the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA).

The recognition of the equivalence of systems streamlines simplifies the procedures for the materialization of exports, so that, in a direct way, it will boost commercial exchanges between countries and in this case, the export of foods from Spain to the North American country will be favored.

Therefore, the objective of this visit is that the Spanish food industry benefits, by facilitating administrative requirements and sanitary controls when they wish to export food to the United States.

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