Dr. S. Farzad Talakesh and Dr. Hamid Khaneghahi
Public Health Department, Iran Veterinary Organization
Food safety is an issue of increasing concern worldwide and prioritization of food safety as an essential public health function has been advocated recently in Iran by the following bodies:
Iranian parliament ratifies the laws and regulations.
The administrative branches of the Iranian Government (IVO,1 MOH,2 ISIRI3) prepare and suggest legal drafts and forward them to special committees of parliament for ratification. Because of the separate efforts, there are overlaps that create obstacles to progress on food safety.
Most of Iran’s organizations related to the health of plants, animals, and humans focus on maintaining and developing food safety standards through the ISIRI and the PPO.4 There are five aspects as follows:
Food laws and regulations (IVO, MOH);
Food control management (IVO, MOH);