FAO trains environmental health personnel in Zimbabwe on food safety risk analysis

ZIMBABWE – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has trained environmental health personnel in Zimbabwe on food safety risk analysis, focusing on risk assessment, risk management and risk communication. Based on the FAO/WHO Food Safety Risk Analysis Guide for National Food Safety Authorities, FAO and the government of Zimbabwe have trained 311 food inspectors since November…

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Food safety specialists share experiences on implementing the One Health approach

SWITZERLAND – Food safety specialists from Honduras, Mongolia and the Caribbean have shared their experiences on implementing the One Health approach in a  webinar organized by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Geneva. The session called “Enhancing Food Safety using the One Health Approach” had more than 200 participants. It was hosted by FAO, the World Organisation…

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FAO partners with International Livestock Research Institute to better equip food safety professionals

EAST AFRICA – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), are working on long-term strategies to alleviate the skills gap among food safety professionals. A skilled workforce of food safety professionals familiar with the challenges, opportunities and regulatory frameworks of a country are essential to improve food safety, increase domestic and international…

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FAO gives recommendations to ensure safety of  humanitarian relief food

GLOBAL – A recent Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) publication has described how certain food safety considerations need to be taken into account to ensure acceptable health outcomes in situations where the impact of food insecurity is mitigated through food aid. Food security exists when people, at all times, have access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet the…

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FAO teams up with Nigeria’s government to curtail aflatoxins in food

NIGERIA – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has partnered with the federal government of Nigeria in a bid to curtail the current threat posed by the deadly aflatoxins on food production, preservation and consumption. Aflatoxins are a family of toxins produced by certain fungi that are found on agricultural crops including maize, peanuts, cottonseed, and tree nuts. They present…

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Experts recommend precautionary allergen labelling only under inadvertent circumstances

GLOBAL – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) experts committee has affirmed that precautionary allergen labelling (PAL) on pre-packaged foods should only be reserved for those situations where inadvertent allergen presence (UAP) cannot be avoided and should not make up for poor allergen management practices or production errors during food manufacturing.…

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Diagnostic experts trained to detect invasive Mango Mealy-bug pest

EASTERN AFRICA – The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), regulatory agency responsible for assurance on the quality of agriculture inputs and produce, are training 18 diagnostic experts from the nine countries that comprise the FAO Eastern Africa sub-region, to detect a new invasive mealy-bug pest that has arrived in the Eastern Africa sub region, called the Mango Mealy- bug.…

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FAO applauds Codex for laying strong foundation for safe foods

GLOBAL – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has hailed the Codex Alimentarius’ food standards for laying a strong foundation to ensure the foods that we grow, produce, process, trade and consume are safe. The FAO Director General, QU Dongyu, addressed  the opening of the 44th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the United Nations body…

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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…

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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,…

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