The Philippines is eyed to become a food safety hub in Southeast Asia with the USD2-USD5 million Traceability Center for Agro-Industrial Exports (TRACE) being put up by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
The Philippine Trace will be the Southeast Asian counterpart of the Egyptian Trace (E Trace) earlier put up by UNIDO, which has already become the food safety centre in the African-Mediterranean area.
Projected to be completed within three years perhaps beginning in June this year, it will be completed over a shorter period of time than the five to six year period that it took to establish E Trace.
The food safety centre will enable Filipino exporters of food products to Europe and other developed countries like the US and Japan to sustain and raise export to Europe.
(Source: Manila Bulletin)