INFOSAN members from 28 countries of the WHO Region for the Americas met together for the first time from 23 to 25 September in Santiago, Chile. The meeting discussed how to strengthen INFOSAN and national food control systems in the Americas.
The meeting was organized by WHO/PAHO (Pan American Health Organization), in collaboration with FAO, with support from the Chilean Agency for Food Quality and Safety (ACHIPIA), the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN)
Increasing globalization of food trade increases the risk of contaminated food spreading quickly around the globe.
Through INFOSAN, WHO assists Member States in managing food safety risks, ensuring rapid sharing of information during food safety emergencies to stop the spread of contaminated food from one country to another. INFOSAN also facilitates the sharing experiences and tested solutions in and between countries in order to optimize future interventions to protect the health of consumers.
National authorities of 181 Member States are part of the network
"INFOSAN Provides a fast and reliable source of information on food safety issues and
updates from sources around the world as well as a great opportunity for direct contact
between food safety authorities to discuss complex issues."
Mr Abdo Tamish General Administration of Environmental Health INFOSAN Emergency Contact Point, Yemen