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Oman witnesses improvement in food security index

3 Jun 2024 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Oman witnessed a notable rise in its food security index as per the 2022 data, marked by a significant increase across key indicators.

Specifically, the ‘food availability indicator’ saw a commendable rise of seven points, while indicators of ‘sustainability’ and ‘adaptation’ surged by 8.4 points each.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Water Resources has prioritised the regulation of food safety and quality, underscoring its commitment to ensuring adherence to standard specifications. This commitment is underscored by the collaborative efforts between the ministry and relevant authorities, including the Oman Food Safety Law departments and the Centre for Food Safety and Quality.

The Centre for Food Safety and Quality, in alignment with the ministry’s objectives, continuously drafts, updates, and adopts regulations and technical specifications for food products. Over the period spanning 2022 to 2023, the ministry introduced seven new specifications and regulations while meticulously reviewing a total of 120 draft technical regulations and national and Gulf specifications.

Remaining vigilant to local and international developments concerning food safety and quality, the ministry actively monitors food products through official channels. Rigorous inspections, complemented by the scrutiny of laboratory reports and related data, ensure compliance and facilitate swift action in local markets concerning the exchange of food products.

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