Esther Garrido Gamarro
Esther Garrido Gamarro is the Food Safety and Quality Officer working for the Products, Trade and Marketing Branch of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in Rome, Italy. She has worked in close collaboration with The FAO Food Safety and Quality Unit for over 5 years, contributing to the provision of scientific advice on food safety issues to support the establishment of international standards for the safety and quality of fishery and aquaculture products. Esther has provided technical support to cooperation programs and projects to upgrade the food safety in many areas of the world by implementing Codex Alimentarius Standards in the fisheries sector. Previous to her experience in FAO, she worked for the private sector in the food industry – in production and quality management, and also in food safety and quality certification for the agro-food department of an international certification body, where she worked with different certification schemes.
Food Safety & Quality at FAO
Fishery products are highly perishable and food safety is a major concern for the sector. Developing countries play a major role in supplying world markets, accounting for 60 percent of fish exports in volume. For this reason, frameworks for ensuring food safety in the international context are extremely important. The Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of FAO works actively with member countries for enhancing food safety management along fish value chains; strengthening national food control; promoting food safety emergency preparedness to build resilient fish value chains; and enhancing member country participation in Codex.
FAO also works with relevant agencies such as WHO for the provision of scientific advice for elaboration of food standards by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which presents a unique opportunity for all countries to join the international community in formulating and harmonizing food standards and ensuring their global implementation to protect the health of consumers and to ensure fair practices in fish trade.