FAO leads evaluation of Eswatini’s national food control system

ESWATINI – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has kicked off its “Strengthening of Capacities and Governance in Food and Phytosanitary Control,” in Eswatini to improve the kingdom’s food control system. The 5-million-euro project funded by the European Union, which began just two months ago, is set to provide technical support and work with Competent Authorities and other leading institutions…

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FAO/WHO Expert Committee stipulates threshold for allergens in food

GLOBAL – The joint ad hoc FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Concern Assessment of Food Allergens has resolved that EDO5 is a suitable threshold to safeguard allergic consumers against anaphylaxis. The experts held the second of several sessions on food allergens to address the question of “How much is too much,” intending to determine the quantity of food allergens that can…

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FAO strives to end unhygienic fish-handling practices in Liberia

LIBERIA – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has partnered with the Liberian Government to end unhygienic fish handling and processing by empowering fishmongers and processors with the requisite knowledge to safely manage fish products in line with global standards. Under the project, “The Livelihood Empowerment for Women in Small-scale Fisheries During and After COVID-19,” FAO, working with the National…

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FAO takes its Event Mobile Application to Mozambique to improve disease surveillance

MOZAMBIQUE – The Event Mobile Application (EMA-i), an Android app created by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for real-time data collection and disease reporting, has been made available for the first time in Mozambique to improve the surveillance and early warning capabilities of the veterinary field officers for the real-time reporting of animal and zoonotic diseases. Despite all the…

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FAO champions good hygiene practices in Viet Nam’s greenhouse vegetable production sector

VIETNAM – As part of the project “Smart Farming for Future Generation”, funded by the Republic of Korea, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is providing support to bolster food safety in greenhouses operations in Viet Nam. The growing interest in healthy diets has led to demand for the year-round availability of fresh fruits and vegetables and the need for…

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FAO/WHO food control system assessment tool to support Seychelles in realizing food security

SEYCHELLES – Seychelles is set to evaluate its food control system in the next months to bring it in line with internationally recognized standards, as part of its efforts to close the gap between domestic production capacity and importation. Producers of food and food safety officers from the island nation are participating in a five-day training supported by the European…

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FAO, WHO roll out new courses to create awareness on Codex’s mandate

GLOBAL – The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have complied a new set of eLearning courses on Codex Alimentarius for anyone who wants to learn more about the Codex group of food standards. The Codex Alimentarius is set by the Codex Alimentarius Commission as part of the Joint FAO-WHO Food…

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FAO develops antimicrobial resistance data platform to monitor food safety risks

GLOBAL – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is creating a platform dubbed the “International Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring (InFARM) platform” to gather data on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in food and agriculture that may help to manage the risks. Food is a significant factor in the spread of AMR. The presence of AMR microorganisms in the agrifood…

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FAO kicks off project to improve food safety, plant health in Comoros

COMOROS – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has started national-level initiatives targeted at key participants in the island nation of Comoros as part of an international project worth 5 million euros to enhance food safety and phytosanitary oversight in 12 African nations in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region. The two-year project titled “Strengthening of…

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IAEA partners with FAO to boost food safety testing capabilities of laboratories

ASIA – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) have finalized a regional project in Asia and the Pacific with laboratories in 14 countries aimed at helping them boost their food safety testing capabilities.  This was done to help countries improve food safety and adhere to the strict requirements of import and export controls.…

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