AFBA White Paper: ASEAN Harmonisation in the Food Sector

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The AFBA White Paper outlines how common approaches to standards on nutrition labelling; pre-market registration; import and export certification; authorisation of food ingredients and additives; and contaminant limits and analytical methods will open up the flow of food trade around the region. The paper acknowledges the challenges of achieving full harmonised food standards by 2015, and recommends ASEAN Member States consider Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs), which are commonly used in sectors such as electronics, manufacturing and cosmetics.