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It is very difficult to imagine food trade without standards. Food standards give consumers confidence in the safety, quality and reliability of the food they eat. In reaching a common understanding of the different aspects of food among consumers, producers and governments, food trade is possible. But if each government applies different food standards, then the costs of trade will increase, and it will be more difficult to ensure food safety and meet consumer expectations. Food standards are hand in hand with trade to ensure safe and nutritious food that is sufficient for the world’s growing population. The SDGs recognize the role that trade can play in stimulating sustainable development. FAO, the World Trade Organization and their International Food Standards and Trade System contribute to the achievement of the second Sustainable Development Goal on hunger, food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture, as well as to the third goal on healthy living and well-being;
As well as Goal 17 on strengthening the global partnership for sustainable development. FAO and WTO are jointly providing a means for governments to lay the foundations for a trade facilitation framework