The unit’s work is guided by Commitment IV of the Food and Nutrition Security Policy – Food Safety and Standards.
Adherence to food and nutrition standards, at all levels from food production, processing and packaging and consumption is critical towards ensuring food and nutrition for the whole population.
It is this unit’s core business to strengthen multi-stakeholder and sectoral adherence to national and international food safety standards and promote innovative approaches to locally produced food products. Furthermore, innovative food and nutrition programmes being implemented across different sectors have the potential to greatly improve food and nutrition security. In the context of economic growth and development, within Zimbabwe, these aspects of work are extremely relevant.
The Food Safety and Nutrition Standards Unit facilitates the harmonization of efforts by the key stakeholders involved in maintaining the various aspects of food quality and safety standards (i.e. government analyst department, standards Association) to ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food that meets national regional and international quality and safety standards.
It also facilitates the review, updating and monitoring of food and nutrition standards (from farm to folk or through the food chain from production to consumption,) as well as the establishment of new food and nutrition standards as need arise, in line with national, regional and international standards.
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To promote a multi-sectoral response to food and nutrition insecurity problems and ensure that every Zimbabwean is free from hunger and malnutrition.