This project is carried out under the Programme “Better Training for Safer Food” financed by the Directorate General for Health and consumers (DG SANCO) of the European Commission. It aims to build the capacities of Member States, Third Countries and Candidate Countries’ staff involved in official controls on EU food legislation. Throughout this project, the AETS consortium trained more than 1,600 food safety inspectors and veterinarians worldwide and organised 16 regional workshops. The project addresses EU food standards on meat, fishery and aquaculture products, fruit and vegetables, honey, residues and contaminants control and monitoring, traceability and animal identification, animal welfare, food irradiation and food crisis management. In addition, the project includes the undertaking of technical assistance missions worldwide which broadly covered the following objectives: to prepare the country for FVO missions, to assist in implementing EU food legislation provisions, to build capacities of national food safety authorities (NFA), to advise on risk assessment and the traceability of food products, to identify and describe the impact of EU policies and requirements on food producers and manufacturers and explain - in detail and from a practical point of view - how they can comply with EU food standards. As a result of this project, the following outcomes are expected: • Higher levels of competence and awareness of EU rules from third and candidate countries • Strengthening of controls procedure in all Member States(import) and third countries (export) • An enhanced playing field for business • An increased access to the EU market for developing countries.

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