Egypt: Egypt's National Food Safety Authority Issues Pesticides Technical Regulation

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The National Food Safety Authority continues to develop standards and procedures regulating food safety in Egypt. On June 2, 2021, the National Food Safety Authority Board of Directors approved mandatory technical regulations on the permissible residue levels of pesticides for food of plant and animal origin. On July 7, 2021, the decision was published in the national official gazette and entered into force the day after publication. The decision covers domestic, imported, and exported food products, however it does not cover pesticide registration procedures. The ministerial committee of agriculture pesticides affiliated with the Ministry of Agriculture is still the sole authority responsible for the registration. Their committee is also responsible for classifying high hazard pesticides by conducting risk assessments to identify the impact on human health (pesticide applicator) and environment.

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