The purpose of establishing the AFSN is to be the channel for the exchange of food safety-relevant information by ASEAN

AFSN is a platform for the exchange and dissemination of food safety-relevant information by ASEAN countries.

The first ever AFSN was established in 2003 as a channel for food safety-related information by ASEAN. Today, the AFSN is an important part of the food safety policy of ASEAN nations. This is mainly due to the fact that most countries have their own national health bodies. It is not possible for them to share all relevant information about food safety with other member countries. The participation of non-member states in this initiative will enable them to exchange their expertise and know-how on a global scale, improving food safety at home and abroad.

The objective of establishing the AFSN is to be the channel for the exchange of food safety-relevant information by ASEAN.

In order to drive food safety policy, we need to share information relevant for our region. Therefore, the Food Safety Network of Southeast Asia (AFSN) was established.

We can further improve the quality of our food safety policies by sharing information through AFSN.

We need to build an AFSN in order to provide ASEAN countries with information on food safety relevant issues (e.g., poultry, seafood, and fish) and facilitate its exchange. This can be achieved through information dissemination via communication platforms.

The purpose of establishing the AFSN is to be the channel for the exchange of food safety-relevant information by ASEAN countries in a way that will benefit people in all these countries. As a result, it is hoped that readers will be able to get ahead of new developments and inform themselves through the rapid sharing of relevant information based on their specific needs and interests.

The first version of this document was submitted by some stakeholders at the 3rd meeting of Food Safety Networking Group [foodSN] held in June 2016 in Tokyo under

Food safety is a challenging area. Food safety concerns are high on the priority list in ASEAN, yet most of the countries in the region have not developed food safety policies and regulations. As countries in ASEAN set up FSMOs to tackle food safety at national level, an alternative channel to exchange information between these FSMOs and its members is needed. The purpose of establishing the AASFSA is to be the channel for exchanging food-related information within AASFSA.

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