Food safety is everyone’s right, thus measures should be utilized to uphold this right. The
application of effective food safety systems must be a primordial concern among all
stakeholders. The Philippines’ Department of Agriculture, through the Bureau of
Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards (BAFPS) has initially undertaken the
development of the Philippine National Standard (PNS) on the Code of Hygienic Practice
for the Sale of Fresh Agriculture and Fishery Products in Markets and Authorized Outlets
in consequence to a dire need of an orderly marketing of fresh commodities to ensure that
food being sold are safe and suitable for consumption.
In collaboration with the members of the technical working group, the National Meat
Inspection Service (NMIS), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Bureau
of Plant Industry (BPI), Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS), the
Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards convened a series of technical
reviews and public consultations on the draft standard on the Code of Hygienic Practice
for the Sale of Fresh Agriculture and Fishery Products in Markets and Authorized Outlets.
This code sets a series of minimum requirements to be observed in the sale of fresh
agriculture and fisheries products for an effective hygiene control in markets and
authorized outlets as well as practices essential to protect consumers from unfair and
deceptive sales act. This Code also lays the foundation for an efficient management and
maintenance of markets and other authorized outlets to help boost up consumer confidence
in locally-produced and traded food.