The minister has defended "the powerful food safety system" of Spain, recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the best worldwide and prepared for any contingency that needs to be addressed.

As he recalled, this system has been built through the integration of scientific knowledge, legislation, business self-control, official monitoring of effective compliance with self-control systems and a rapid information network that prevents food from becoming converted. at a serious risk to the health of citizens.

Carcedo has highlighted "the key role" that the General State Administration, autonomous communities and companies in the sector have been playing in a coordinated way: "The food security system is effective and there is a high level of coordination."

However, the minister has acknowledged that "occasionally risks may arise with a potential impact on public health." In these cases, he insisted, the system must "learn" from all incidents, alerts and crises. "It is our obligation to use any opportunity to continually improve the food safety system."

The ministry is working with the autonomies to strengthen official control, improve the alert network system, increase collaboration with the food sector and improve communication with citizens.

As he has detailed, the inspection programs of establishments and audit of self-control systems in establishments will be strengthened, "deepening their content and providing them with greater harmonization."

This line is also working, in coordination with the autonomous communities, to develop at the national level common criteria to establish a harmonized protocol of minimum frequencies of controls based on risk and to implement a "national audit system" in which encourage the exchange of auditors between the different autonomous communities and the AESAN.

Regarding the improvement of the Food Alert Network Systems, Carcedo explained that work is being done with the autonomous communities to review all the procedures in force, aligning them with the new procedures of the European Commission.

On the other hand, the Ministry is working to increase collaboration with the food sector, "essential when managing an alert". AESAN and the different food sector associations will promote the development of a national action guide on the management of product recall in cases of alerts by the food sector.

Finally, the minister explained that the response of the food security system to improve communication with citizens is also being reinforced.

Carcedo has concluded his intervention remembering that he is working on the revision of the listeria surveillance protocol. As he added, work is also being done on the development of the General Public Health Law to develop a Surveillance Strategy in collaboration with the Carlos III Health Institute and with the autonomous communities.



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