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RALACA: Red Analitica de Latino America y el Caribe

9b RALACA is a non-profit network of laboratories and associated institutions that brings together analytical laboratories to enhance regional capabilities to target food safety and environmental sustainability. "The Red Analitica de Latino America y El Caribe (RALACA) was established with the kind assistance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)"





History of RALACA

ralaca board The history of RALACA dates back to the nineties, when the former Agrochemicals Unit, now called Food and Environmental Protection Laboratory, of the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) started a series of training workshops on "Quality Assurance and Quality Control Measures in Analytical Laboratories". A group of trained analytical chemists started to be available in Latin America and the Caribbean.  



 It is back in 2006ralaca board2, when, representative from nine analytical laboratories formally met in Mendoza, Argentina to start planning a regional project funded by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 'Strengthening Laboratory Capacity to Assess the Implementation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in the Production of Fruit and Vegetables in Latin America' (IAEA RLA/5/050). The goal was to strengthen the analytical laboratory by establishing integrated capabilities to assess good agricultural practice (GAP) thus complementing existing random end-product testing with geo-referenced monitoring of high impact rating pesticides in water entering and leaving selected subcatchments.The initial network of nine laboratories adopted a modular approach to address pressing non-point source contamination problems and a way to improve environmental and food safety that has regional applicability with concomitant health, trade and economic benefits. A "black box" monitoring strategy was deployed by Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, and Uruguay to monitor indicators of good agricultural practice (GAP) and compliance with maximum residue limits (MRLs). The approach involved integrated biological and chemical monitoring of water quality at a landscape scale using harmonized protocols and georeferenced sampling.  

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Do you work with data? Here's a chance to harmonize individual quantitative food consumption data and publish it in FAO statistical databases.

FAO and WHO work jointly to improve the availability of Individual Quantitative Food Consumption Data worldwide by collating existing datasets, harmonizing them and sharing through an online platform called the FAO/WHO Global Individual Food consumption data Tool (FAO/WHO GIFT).

This Call for Expression of Interest, issued by FAO, is to identify institutions from Low and Middle-Income Countries, with access to Individual Quantitative Food Consumption Data that could be shared through the FAO/WHO GIFT platform, interested in entering into a contractual agreement with FAO to harmonize these datasets as well as their supporting documentation according to FAO standards. Based on such agreement FAO will cover the costs of the harmonization work.

Apply until 18.06.2021, Click Here!

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Thematic Areas

Para contar con alimentos seguros y saludables necesitamos de todos y todas: consumidores informados, una industria alimentaria responsable, productores capacitados, instituciones de fomento productivo que incorporan la inocuidad alimentaria y la calidad en sus programas e instrumentos y científicos que generen conocimiento e investigación que apoye el desarrolle de nuevas normativas y mejores procedimientos. Si bien, el Estado promueve todo lo anterior a partir de sus políticas, planes y programas, todos y todas tenemos una cuota de responsabilidad. La Agencia contribuye a mirar el sistema alimentario completo, analizar los puntos críticos y mejorar la coordinación entre todos estos actores.
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El logro de la inocuidad de los alimentos como medio para proteger la salud pública y promover el desarrollo económico continúa siendo un importante desafío en los países tanto en desarrollo como desarrollados. Las enfermedades transmitidas por los alimentos (ETA) como consecuencia de patógenos microbianos y contaminantes químicos representan graves amenazas para la salud de millones de personas. En los pasados decenios se han documentado graves brotes de ETA en todos los continentes, lo que demuestra su importancia desde el punto de vista social y de salud pública.
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