The new food safety agency in Egypt is now a reality after the Egyptian parliament approved law number 1/2017 establishing the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA) on January 2, 2017. The purpose of the NFSA is to unify Egypt’s food safety system through both structural and legislative reforms. The NFSA is now operational and starting to raise community awareness about food safety, issue pamphlets and other publications, and monitor food safety procedures within the domestic food processing industry to ensure food safety systems are in place. The NFSA is now the leading agency governing the registration and handling of foods for special dietary use. The agency will likely foster the adoption of science-based rules helping to facilitate trade and plans to take over all aspects of food 2 safety in Egypt within the next two years.