FAO upgrades global animal disease information platform EMPRES-i

GLOBAL – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has upgraded its global animal disease information platform, the EMPRES-i+ system, to better support countries in identifying, mitigating and even forecasting severe animal diseases, like African Swine Fever (ASF). EMPRES-i+ replaces an earlier version, EMPRES-i, which was first launched in 2004 and has been widely used by hundreds of stakeholders ranging from local communities to global development partners. COVID-19 has underlined the need for greater vigilance to new threats from animal diseases. Today’s globalized and hyper-connected world allows…

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FAO/WHO Committee put out threshold levels for food allergens

GLOBAL – The Food and Agriculture Organization has published the threshold levels in foods of the priority allergens arrived at in the second in a series of three meetings of an ad hoc Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Risk Assessment of Food Allergen. The meeting was held from 15 March to 2 April 2021. An Expert Committee, comprising scientists, regulators, physicians, clinicians and risk managers from academia, government and the food industry were selected to participate in the second meeting of the FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Risk assessment of Food…

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FAO strives to boost food quality & safety in Pacific Island countries

PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES – The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), is currently employing interventions in the Pacific Islands to back the formulation of food control legislation (Fiji); deliver training laboratory services and improve food safety, hygiene and biosecurity in fresh markets and enhance capacities for participation in Codex standard-setting. Many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) treasure their traditions and uphold the ways of hunting, fishing and gathering food they learned from previous generations, as many islands are rich in tree fruits and wild marine fish. As such, systematic farming agriculture…

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FAO launches online course to improve poultry production practices in African countries

ZAMBIA/ZIMBABWE – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) through its Virtual Learning Centre for Southern Africa (SFS-VLC) has launched an online course to bolster the capacity of Farmer Field School (FFS) facilitators and master trainers in Zambia and Zimbabwe to prepare and run quality poultry-focused FFS.  The course will broaden their knowledge and skills in FFS facilitation in poultry production and health and in approaches to promote prudent antimicrobial use and raise awareness on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Financial support for the training was provided from the Fleming Fund…

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FAO/WHO publishes review of Vibrio risk assessment tools

GLOBAL – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) have published a review of risk assessment tools for Vibrio in 2020 that covers an expert meeting  held at the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in the United Kingdom, in order to provide an update on the state-of-the-art advice regarding risk assessment for Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus in seafood. The discussions on Vibrio in seafood have revealed a number of developments in recent years. Contributors included Erin Stokes, of…

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Codex Trust Fund, CCAFRICA train on use of FAO/WHO Diagnostic Tool

AFRICA – The Codex Trust Fund (CTF) Secretariat in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA) and the FAO and WHO Regional Offices for Africa conducted a virtual training with a focus on the use of the FAO/WHO Diagnostic Tool for assessing status of National Codex Programmes. CCAFRICA was established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission in 1972 with a mandate to exercise general coordination in the preparation of standards relating to the region of Africa. The tool is key to determining…

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FAO, Spain vow to tighten ties in bid to heighten food security

ITALY – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Kingdom of Spain have released the first edition of their partnership report entitled, ” FAO + Spain: Working for global food security and nutrition to mark their long-standing co-operation” in a virtual event. FAO’s director general was joined by Spain’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas Puchades, and Spain’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Ángeles Moreno Bau. They acknowledged their joint efforts to fight global hunger and malnutrition in the past decade and…

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