Selvarani Elahi, Deputy Government Chemist, was invited by Simon Kelly of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA to attend the second coordination meeting of the IAEA Asia-Pacific Technical Regional Cooperation Project RAS5081 “Enhancing Food Safety and Supporting Regional Authentication of Foodstuffs through Implementation of Nuclear Techniques”. The meeting was held during 20 – 22 November 2019 in Vietnam and hosted by the Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology.
Selvarani gave a presentation on the Food Authenticity Network, highlighting the benefits, to the 19 Member countries of this project, in joining this one-stop-shop for food authenticity testing and food fraud mitigation in the global fight against food fraud.
There was a unanimous decision by the members attending the meeting to support the affiliation of the project to the Food Authenticity Network with the creation of country-specific pages. Discussions are in progress with IAEA to explore funding options for the creation of national web-pages for Member States in the Asia-Pacific region.