The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL), both part of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, are helping to boost food safety and consumer protection in Tunisia.
In 2019, Tunisia adopted a new food safety law that includes the establishment of risk analysis structures. The BfR and BVL are supporting the country in its implementation of the new law.
The goal is to strengthen administrative structures for food safety and consumer protection in Tunisia. According to officials, this will protect the public, create better working conditions, and help regional and global trade.
Tunisia has recently set up a national food safety authority, as well as a risk assessment agency. Both are under the wing of the Tunisian Ministry of health. BfR and BVL will help Tunisian authorities, and also provide training.
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development is providing €5 million ($5.9 million USD) for the efforts, over a time span of five years.