The most knowledgeable role-players in the Namibian food industry formulated a national country position on the current Food Control System during a special workshop in Windhoek.
The brainstorming session took place from 23-27 February 2009 at Heja Lodge and was attended by amongst others, representatives from government ministries, the private sector and the hygiene management of food staffs. Namibia, as a member of the WTO, has an obligation to ensure food produced locally, whether for domestic consumption or for export, is safe.
SADC Ministers of Trade have decided and then requested the SADC Secretariat to investigate the situation of food safety and SPS-measures in all SADC member stated, of which Namibia is one. These national workshops are being conducted in all SADC member countries and the results or recommendations gathered would be collated and discussed at a SADC regional workshop to be held later this year in Botswana