Regional regulators call for improved food safety control systems in Africa

AFRICA – Experts have underscored the need to reinforce Africa’s food safety especially through food control systems, if any progress is to be seen in the continent. This was during a regional virtual event to mark World Food Safety Day, co-organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office…

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World Health Assembly adopts WHO Global Strategy for Food Safety

GLOBAL – The World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of WHO, has agreed to adopt the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Strategy for Food Safety that seeks to strengthen food safety systems. The WHO Global Strategy for Food Safety is a milestone in the work to promote health, keep the world safe and protect the vulnerable, by strengthening innovative public…

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World Health Organization organizes first Food Safety Community of Practice event

GLOBAL – The World Health Organization (WHO) has organized the first event for a group of food safety professionals focused on the role of science in the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The WHO’s Food Safety Community of Practice webinar which took place earlier this month gave examples of how Codex Alimentarius Commission standards are developed. The WHO and the Food and…

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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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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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WHO launches online forum for global food safety professionals

GLOBAL – The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the launch of a new peer-to-peer online forum for global professionals working on and sharing interest in food safety issues known as the Food Safety Community of Practice (COP). The COP’s goal is to expand learning potential, share diverse experiences and knowledge, encourage an understanding of new perspectives and stimulate individual…

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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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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…

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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…

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Food safety indicators to be introduced in Sustainable Development Goals

WORLD – The World Health Organization (WHO) has discussed plans to include food safety indicators in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to track global and national progress and to reduce the health burden from unsafe food. Food safety Indicators are principles and guidelines for monitoring the performance of national food control systems. They could be introduced during the 2025…

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