Regional Directorate of Food Safety

General Objective

To support the strengthening of sanitary measures to ensure food safety, preventing, reducing, or eliminating the presence of pesticide residues, veterinary drugs and medicines, environmental contaminants, toxins, or pathogens in food productsto protect human life and health and facilitate international trade.


Specific Objectives

Support the strengthening of good agricultural practices, animal husbandry practices, and manufacturing practices.

Support strengthening standardized operational programs (SOP) and sanitation programs (SOPs).

Support the strengthening of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) programs.

Support programs for monitoring residues of chemical contaminants and biological hazards to verify compliance with food safety assurance programs.

Support the harmonization of standards in food safety and the establishment of equivalences with trading partners.

Transversal programs

The Regional Directorate of Food Safety supports member countries in implementing the CAC/GL 60-2006 standard, Principles for Traceability in Food, as a tool for strengthening food inspection and certification in coordination with the OIRSA's Regional Unit for Agricultural Traceability.

Antimicrobial resistance occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medications, making it difficult to treat infections and increasing the risk of spreading serious diseases and death. The Regional Food Safety Directorate supports countries in the responsible use of antibiotics in the agricultural production chain, aiming to contribute to the reduction of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The Regional Directorate of Food Safety, in coordination with the Regional Risk Analysis Unit, supports the implementation of sanitary measures in food safety based on food risk analysis (ARIA), considering its three components: risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication.

The Regional Directorate of Food Safety supports the development of digital technologies for utilizing and applying data in implementing food safety measures.

The Regional Directorate of Food Safety collaborates with other international organizations in food safety. It supports participation in specialized events on food safety at both regional and global levels. It engages in the preparation of documents and other activities in coordination with other regional and international entities.

About the RDFS

Documents and resources

OIRSA - World Food Safety Day

Lic. Raúl Peralta Girón

Director Regional de Inocuidad de Alimentos