Tbilisi, Georgia, July 17, 2009–IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, is helping improve food safety practices
in Georgia through a new program that assesses the manufacturing practices
of companies and organizes training seminars on food safety issues.
Implementation of IFC’s recommendations provided as a result of the assessments
and skills training received will raise the knowledge of food producers
about modern tools for food safety management. These tools include “good
manufacturing practices”, the system of Hazard Analyses and Critical Control
Points (HACCP), and the introduction of modern food safety systems in their
companies to make them both more competitive on the local market and to
penetrate international markets.
“Many companies need to start by addressing simple standards of hygiene
to improve their food safety conditions,” said Irina Kokaia, project manager
for Georgia Investment Climate Advisory Services. “We help them bring
the products of food producers closer to international standards, while
preparing them for upcoming inspections.”
Currently, food production companies in Georgia are not inspected or required
to register, because of the suspension until 2010 of the relevant articles
of the Law on Food Safety and Quality. The capacity of local companies
concerning food safety standards therefore needs to be strengthened, and
the Georgia Investment Climate Advisory Services of the World Bank Group
is helping develop this capacity in the country’s private sector to bring
it up to international standards.
The project will also publish a special brochure on HACCP principles aimed
at educating entrepreneurs about food safety.
IFC is working on this project in partnership with BP and the co-venturers
in its oil and gas projects, as well as the Canadian International Development
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, creates opportunity for people to
escape poverty and improve their lives. We foster sustainable economic
growth in developing countries by supporting private sector development,
mobilizing private capital, and providing advisory and risk mitigation
services to businesses and governments. Our new investments totaled $16.2
billion in fiscal 2008, a 34 percent increase over the previous year. For
more information, visit www.ifc.org.