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2nd Scientific Committee Meeting of ARAC, 8-9 March 2019, Dorsett Putrajaya, Malaysia

The 2nd Scientific Committee Meeting of ASEAN Risk Assessment Centre for Food Safety (ARAC) was held on 8 to 9 March 2019 in Dorsett Putrajaya, Malaysia. This Meeting was organised by ARAC in collaboration with Ministry of Health Malaysia, ASEAN Health Cluster 4 – Ensuring Food Safety (AHC4) and ASEAN Regional Integration Support from the European Union (ARISE Plus).

The Meeting was attended by seven (7) members of the Scientific Committee of ARAC from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam; two (2) ARAC Secretariats and ten (10) observers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, AHC4 and ARISE Plus.

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This Meeting reviewed and endorsed the risk assessment report on "Total Aflatoxins (AFT) and Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) through The Consumption of Peanut and Corn”. The endorsed report will be submitted to the AHC4 for further deliberations and actions in enhancing the food safety control of peanut and corn among ASEAN countries. Other than that, the Meeting also discussed on the way forward based on the outcome of the risk assessment report (conclusion and recommendation) and improvement of ARAC procedures.

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