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JIFSAN delivered a Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) & Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreements training program

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JIFSAN delivered a two-week World Trade Organization (WTO) Commitments: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) & Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreements training program from January 30 to February 10, 2017. The program was funded by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Cochran Fellowship Program and included nine fellows from Ghana, seven from Nigeria, and seven from South Africa.

The training helped the Cochran fellows better understand the SPS and TBT agreements, the dynamics of US interagency coordination and cooperation, and market access requirements and issues. Speakers from various agencies, including the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Office Of The United States Trade Representative (USTR), were invited to discuss their agencies' roles in food safety and/or trade and to answer the fellows' questions.