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GS1 Hong Kong (GS1 HK) organised the annual Food Safety Forum 2022 with the theme “Food Safety and Consumer Trust: Navigating the Road Ahead”, where food manufacturers, services providers, brands, importers / exporters, logistics providers and retailers gathered to discuss food safety and supply issues brought by the persisting pandemic, and looked into ways to foster consumer trust and sustainable industry development. Mr. Tse Chin-wan, Secretary for Environment and Ecology of the HKSAR Government, delivered a recorded opening message as the Guest of Honour to kick-start the event. Mr. Anthony Li, Deputy Secretary for Environment and Ecology (Food) of the HKSAR Government, Hon. Tommy Cheung, Executive Council Member & Legislative Council Member (Catering) and Hon. Peter Shiu, Legislative Councilor (Wholesale and Retail) were the Award Presenters to support the occasion.
In his opening message, Mr. Tse highlighted the Government efforts in ensuring food safety and referenced the Centre for Food Safety taking over 66,000 food samples at the import, wholesale and retail levels for testing, with the overall satisfactory rate of 99.9% in 2021. The Centre has also been making use of social media, to proactively gauge the pulse of the public on various safety issues, and deliver targeted messages on social media platforms, to raise food safety awareness and dispel doubts and concerns on timely manner.
“Food safety is an issue that entails tripartite collaboration of the Government, the trade and the public. We would continue working closely with all stakeholders in making Hong Kong a healthy city where consumers can enjoy food that is safe for human consumption,” He added.
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