Non-Governmental Safety Regulations

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Every person on earth needs food to survive. Hence, ensuring that the food we consume is in fact safe to eat is one of the most fundamentally important actions that an agency, governmental, or otherwise can take. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO, 2010), the responsibility of ensuring safe food products is a shared responsibility among government and non-government agencies. When examining the role of non-governmental agencies in this important component of the food market, one might consider their position both in terms of governmental regulations and independent of these. The role of governments, for example, is to establish policies for food safety by means of a system of controls to ensure that these are met. The government, however, is not solely responsible to ensure that these safety standards are met. Indeed, an even more direct responsibly for ensuring food safety and acceptable standards lie with non-governmental entities, including all the operators within the food chain. Even consumers play a role in ensuring food safety standards by means of expressing concerns or requirements for the safety of the products that they consume. In international trade, government and non-government agencies also collaborate to ensure acceptable food safety standards. The rules are imposed within the SPS and TBT Agreements of the WTO. This means that a uniform food safety standard is provided to ensure the safety of products for all consumers worldwide,
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