Food safety

Fourth International Workshop on Total Diet Studies, Beijing, China, 23-27 October 2006

The World Health Organization (WHO), through its Global Environment Monitoring System - Food Contamination Monitoring and Assessment Programme (GEMS/Food), has encouraged countries to undertake total diet studies as the most cost-effective approach for assessing chemical contaminants in diet. In this regard, WHO, in collaboration with national agencies, has sponsored three International Total Diet Study Workshops in Kansas City in July 1999, Brisbane in February 2002 and Paris in May 2004. These workshops have been increasingly successful in terms of both total participants as well as number of countries represented.

Building on the success of these workshops, WHO, in collaboration with the Institute for Nutrition and Food Safety of the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), held the Fourth International Workshop on Total Diet Studies in Beijing from 23 to 27 October 2006. A TDS Training Course for qualified persons from developing countries was held 16 to 20 October 2006.