Karen Kristine A. Roscom

Karen Kristine A. Roscom

Chief Science Research Specialist at Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards, Department of Agriculture, Philippines

Ms. Roscom is currently the Officer-In Charge (OIC) - Executive Director of the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) of the Department of Agriculture in the Philippines. The BAFS develops standards for agriculture and fishery products, tools, equipment and machinery. It is also the regulatory agency for organic agriculture mandated to implement the registration of organic inputs and products, and the accreditation of organic certifying bodies. Furthermore, BAFS acts as the technical and administrative Secretariat of the National Organic Agriculture Board, which is the policy making body for the organic agriculture program in the Philippines.
Ms. Roscom is a graduate of food technology in the University of the Philippines and finished her Master of Food Service Administration, specializing in food safety, from the same university. She is actively involved in developing standards and codes of practice related to food safety. She is also involved in the Philippine Department of Agriculture’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Focal Group, which acts as a coordinating body and clearinghouse in addressing issues related to plant and animal health, and food safety. Just recently, she was part of the Technical Working Group of the Department of Agriculture, which drafted the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Philippine Food Safety Act of 2013.

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Session Details

Speaker at: Breakout Sessions localg.a.p.
Date & Time: Wednesday, 29 October, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Plenary/Mezzoon Ballroom

Session Description

localg.a.p. is the stepping stone toward certification. An efficient solution for markets where quality standards in agriculture are emerging, it helps producers gain gradual recognition by providing an entry level to GLOBALG.A.P. Certification. And it helps retailers gain access to quality foods, support their local and regional producers, and promote Good Agricultural Practice.