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The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs - General Directorate of Protection and Control, Turkey (P8)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) is responsible for the implementation of the legislative framework and carry out the food inspection in Turkey. The MARA, through its General Directorate of Protection and Control carries out the food control from farm to sales point and the food control at retailing and consumption points. Under the umbrella of the General Directorate of Protection and Control of MARA there are 81 Provincial Directorates, 39 Provincial Control Laboratories and one Food Control and Research Institute. Food control inspection services are carried out by about more than 1400 food inspectors (with bachelor degree in agronomy, chemistry, biology, veterinary and food engineering) that work in the Control Division Directorates under the Provincial Directorates of Agriculture. Food analysis services are carried out by about more than 1000 food analysts (with bachelor degree in agronomy, chemistry, veterinary, and food engineering). The targets of MARA are providing an active, dynamic, compatible and comprehensive Food Policy in Turkey; providing an accreditation system in food laboratory services; protection and sustainability of the stocks of food products; assurance of the production capacity of farmers affected by natural disasters; developing environmentally friendly alternative methods for plant protection Extending the use of rapid alert system; harmonization of the Turkish legislation on veterinary, phytosanitary and food safety to the EU acquits, privatization in inspection and control services; establishing quality management system.
MARA will assist to F4ST by determination the background and current food safety specialist education as well as training needs and new qualification needs; participation in the dissemination of the project and to propose its food inspector to be trained with this module. MARA. It will not claim financial support from EU
 

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