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Legislation, standards and diagnostics as a backbone of food safety assurance in Serbia

Nada Smigic (Department of Food Safety and Quality Management, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia)
Andreja Rajkovic (Department of Food Safety and Quality Management, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia)
Ilija Djekic (Department of Food Safety and Quality Management, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia)
Nikola Tomic (Department of Food Safety and Quality Management, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 5 January 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the current situation of multidimensional food safety assurance in Serbia, as an official candidate for European Union (EU) membership, in relation to its EU food law harmonization efforts.

Design/methodology/approach

Serbian assurance scheme was covered in this paper included food safety legislation, control and standards.

Findings

The food safety system in Serbia needs improvements in the area of effectiveness and efficiency of food safety control and inspection services, knowledge and expertise of state inspectors, governmental officials, food safety consultants and auditors. Additionally, problems related to the overlapping responsibilities of various legal authorities and inspection services have to be solved, with an improved transparency and communication between legal authorities, customers, consumers and food business operators.

Originality/value

An overview of current situation in food safety assurance in Serbia is shown.

Keywords

Citation

Smigic, N., Rajkovic, A., Djekic, I. and Tomic, N. (2015), "Legislation, standards and diagnostics as a backbone of food safety assurance in Serbia", British Food Journal, Vol. 117 No. 1, pp. 94-108. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-08-2013-0228

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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