Albania aims to set up a National Food Codex in an attempt to increase food security in the country. The Codex, according to Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Management, Edmond Panariti, will act as a reference point for all actors involved in the food sector.

Addressing the meeting of the National Food Authority held in Tirana, Minister Panariti said that the Codex represents an integral document that boosts the quality and safety of Albanian products. “We are still in a transitional phase. Albania is not ready to implement EU standards in terms of food safety. At this stage we can refer to standards set by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,” Panariti said.

The head of Albania’s National Food Authority, Dritan Sejko, added that the set-up of the Food Codex is a precondition in terms of food safety for Albania’s EU accession. 2016 was a good year in terms of quality for Albania’s agricultural products, according to ATA news agency.

Authorities have undertaken several measures to assist one of the most important sectors of the country’s economy.

Last year, Ministry of Agriculture launched the first agricultural stock exchange, an integrated platform for all mayor agricultural commodities. The platform enabled a balanced pricing of products based on auctions. The stock comes to aid of farmers orienting them towards the prices of sale and purchase. Experts believe that the market is a major step in the transformation of the country’s agriculture.

The Codex Alimentarus or Food Codex international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice contribute to the safety, quality and fairness of this international food trade. Consumers can trust the safety and quality of the food products they buy and importers can trust that the food they ordered will be in accordance with their specifications./