Dr. Betül Vazgeçer
Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry (Turkey)
Address: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Eskişehir yolu 9.Km Ankara/TURKEY
Cell. +90 533 747 2457
Betul VAZGECER used to be research assistant at Hacettepe University, Engineering Faculty, Food Engineering Department (1996-2004). She has a Ph.D. degree on Foodborne Pathogens and Food Microbiology. She has been working as an engineer and responsible person for the national & international legislations on contaminants, microbiology, pesticide etc (2004-2019). Served as a Codex Alimentarius contact person in Turkey (2014-2019). She worked for many Codex Alimentarius Commission or Committee meetings (CAC, CCFH, CCCF, CCCHS, CCPR, CCNFSD) in order to present national comments as a member or head of Turkish delegation. She was the responsible expert and head of EWG for preparing and presenting all technical documents for Codex Standard on Maximum Level for Total Aflatoxin in Dried Figs including sampling plan (2009-2012). And sampling plan was conducted by TUBITAK.
She was contact person and expert for the project (G2G10/TR/8/2) between Turkey and the Netherlands on “Improvement of official control of mycotoxins in food and feed in Turkey” (18th months in 2010).
She attended many TAIEX and DG SANTE trainings for developing and updated her professional knowledge that was used for her works. She prepared many Workshops and Expert Mission Events under TAIEX on contaminants, pesticide and microbiology in Turkey with participation national experts. She presented some topics on contaminants, food additives, microbiology etc. in scope of national and international meetings under TAIEX, Codex Committee on Food Contaminants Workshop, UNECE, CEUREG, UNIDO, EFSA Pre-accession Program, EU Pre-accession negotiations between EU and Turkey. Served as a Membership of the enquiry point for notifications within the scope of WTO SPS Agreement and following the TBT notifications within the scope of WTO TBT Agreement (2010-2019).
She was in charge of Head of Food Establishment and Codex Department under Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Food and Control (February-November 2019).She was worked as an International Consultant on behalf of FAO and also CNFA for improving National Codex Capacities in Azerbaijan. During these projects, in order to create food safety system covering Food Codex in AZ (2019).Now she has been working as an engineer at Risk Assessment Department under Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, General Directorate of Food and Control (2019-).