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The Transforming the Assessment and Inspection of Food Businesses in Egypt (TAIB) project is a five-year $8.5M project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will expand domestic and international trade of Egyptian food products through supporting the establishment and scale-out of a new government entity, the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA). TAIB will provide technical and financial support to NFSA that is responsive to the evolving needs of the nascent regulatory authority. Assistance will be aimed at harmonizing Egyptian food law and regulations with international standards, implementing robust inspection systems, managing outbreaks, conducting science-based risk assessments, monitoring Egyptian food safety systems, and reducing foodborne illness.
Purpose and Objectives of the Assignment:
Egypt is one the world’s largest importer of frozen beef liver. In 2020, imports of frozen beef liver reached approximately 89,000 MT. Upon arrival into Egypt, beef liver is often sampled and sent for laboratory analysis to ensure the product conforms to Egyptian food safety requirements. NFSA is seeking technical support from an international expert to advise on proper sampling practices of beef liver and other meat products to ensure that an appropriate representative sample of the consignment is sampled for analysis. The consultant will be responsible for developing a proposed sampling plan for consignments of up to 70,000 beef livers and other meat products. The sampling plan should be based on international guidance and balance cost and time for release with ensuring the food safety of consumers.
In order to complete this scope of work, the consultant is expected to complete the following tasks:
- Conduct meetings with NFSA’s leadership and staff to define the goals and objectives of the sampling plan and to understand the tools and equipment currently utilized for taking beef liver samples and samples of other meat products.
- Develop a sampling plan that defines the number samples that should be taken and from where in the consignment the samples should be taken from in order to be representative. The sampling plan should be dynamic, changing based on the size of the consignment, desired confidence level, and whether or not the consignment represents a single supplier or multiple slaughterhouses. The sampling plan should consider both chemical and biological contaminants.
- Present the sampling plan to NFSA’s leadership and responsible staff.
- Finalize the sampling plan based on feedback from NFSA.
Under this scope of work, the consultant is expected to complete the following deliverables:
- Finalized sampling plan for imported beef liver and other meat products.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:
- Demonstrated experience in developing sampling plans for food. Experience developing sampling plans for meat products preferred.
- Demonstrated knowledge of US or international sampling practices.
- Prior experience working with or advising a food safety authority preferred.
- Strong communication and presentation skills required.