Among the first initiatives to strengthen surveillance systems for foodborne disease was the establishment, in January 2000, of the Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN) which is a global capacity building network on foodborne and other enteric infections, consisting of institutions and individuals working in human health as well as veterinary and food-related disciplines.
The Mediterranean Zoonoses control programme exists to foster, both at national and interregional levels, programmes for the prevention, surveillance and control of zoonoses and related foodborne diseases as an integral part of national health programmes, to strengthen the cooperation between national animal health and public health services to improve prevention, surveillance and control of these diseases.
Foodborne outbreaks of international public health significance are identified through notification to INFOSAN, WHO's Alert and Response Operations Team, through notification by Global Salm-Surv members and other networks such as PulseNet International. In these instances, WHO facilitates the exchange of information between Member States.
WHO strives to develop sustainable and integrated food safety systems for the reduction of public health risks along the entire food-chain, from primary producer to the consumer. This is because pre-harvest food safety is an essential element of any sustainable animal production and integrated food safety systems.