YEREVAN, May 13. /ARKA/. Inspections in the domestic food market in Armenia will be tightened, Georgi Avetisyan, the head of the Food Safety Inspection Agency, said Tuesday at a discussion in the parliamentary committee on economic issues.
He said that since the beginning of the year, the agency and the state-owned non-profit organization involved in laboratory research have transferred some of the functions to the private sector.
In particular, he said he meant examination of foods at the border.
“Every year we spend about 100-150 million drams (about USD 205,000-310,000) for these purposes, and now, based on the tender, these functions have been transferred to three private laboratories,” Avetisyan said.
He explained that in fact border control is shifting from the public sector to the private sector, due to which the state agency will be able to pay more attention and direct more efforts to the domestic market.
“We will more actively switch to the control functions in the domestic food market and the conformity of goods and tighten control throughout the year,” Avetisyan said. ($ 1 – AMD 486.02). –0–