Assessment of the food control system in the State of Kuwait
Alomirah, H. F., Al-Zenki, S. F., Sawaya, W. N., Jabsheh, F., Husain, A. J., Al-Mazeedi, H. M., Al-Kandari, D. and Jukes, D. J. (2010) Assessment of the food control system in the State of Kuwait. Food Control, 21 (4). pp. 496-504. ISSN 0956-7135
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2009.07.015
National food control systems are a key element in the protection of consumers from unsafe foods and from other fraudulent practices. International guidance is available and provides a framework for enhancing national systems. However, it is recognized that before reaching decisions on the necessary improvements to a national system, an analysis is required of the current state of key elements in the present system. This paper provides such an analysis for the State of Kuwait. The fragmented nature of the food control system is described. Four key elements of the Kuwaiti system are analyzed: the legal framework, the administrative structures, the enforcement activity and the provision of education and training. It is noted that the country has a dependence on imported foods and that the present national food control system is largely based on an historic approach to food sampling at the point of import and is unsustainable. The paper recommends a more coordinated approach to food safety control in Kuwait with a significant increase in the use of risk analysis methods to target enforcement.