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Food safety and business viability

09/10/2017

From June to August, when the highest food import was recorded due to the summer season, the Directorate for Food Safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Affairs returned 62 items i.e. about 500 tons of food which were not in line with prescribed standards, and examined a total of 14,415 shipments, of which 3,879 samples were taken for the laboratory analysis. According to the business community, food safety has no alternative, but it is necessary to find a way that the intensity and cost of analysis do not endanger the business viability.

This was said at a joint meeting of the Agriculture, Trade and Freight Forwarders Association Boards of the Chamber of Economy of Montenegro. Business community had the opportunity to discuss food control in foreign trade and the implementation of simplified customs procedures with the public authorities.

In addition to the boards members, Vice President of the CEM Ms. Ljiljana Filipovic, the director of the Directorate for Food Safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Affairs Ms. Vesna Dakovic and her associates Ms. Biljana Blecic and Ms. Suncica Boljevic, the representatives of the Customs Administration Mr. Radivoje Pejovic, Ms. Rajko Pejovic, Ms. Milanka Strunjas, Ms. Tatjana Vujisic, as well as the representatives of the World Bank Ms. Ratka Stijepovic and Mr. Alan Bruford took part in the discussion.

The meeting was led by the President of the Trade Association Board Mr. Stevan Karadaglic, who emphasized the importance of these topics for significant part of the Montenegrin economy.

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