40th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
The 40th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission is held in Geneva from 17 to 22 July 2017. Participants from the 187 Member States and one Member Organization (EU) will consider adoption of international standards and code of practices on several contaminants (e.g. pesticides residues in food, food additives, mercury in fish, arsenic in rice, etc).
The Commission will also discuss how Codex can contribute to the fight against antimicrobial resistance. Side events on whole genome sequencing and alcoholic beverages are part of events.
Just released: Integrated Surveillance of AMR in Foodborne Bacteria
WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR) has published the new guidance on integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in foodborne bacteria. Addressing antimicrobial resistance from the food chain requires multisectoral One Health approach. Similar to 2013 guidance, the present revised guidance provides the basic information that countries need in order to establish programmes of integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in foodborne bacteria by using a step-by-step approach.
Making better use of food contamination data
WHO developed a distance learning tool (DLT) in collaboration with the Chulabhorn Research Institute (Bangkok, Thailand), a WHO Collaborating Centre. This tool enables scientists and risk managers to access and analyse the food contamination data submitted to the Global Environment Monitoring System- Food contamination monitoring and assessment programme (GEMS/Food). Through this initiative WHO continues to work with Member States and reduce the chemical contamination of food.
WHO list of Critically Important Antimicrobials for Human Medicine (CIA list)
WHO has just published the 5th revision of the CIA list. The CIA list is intended for all stakeholders involved in managing antimicrobial resistance to ensure that all antimicrobials, especially critically important antimicrobials, are used prudently both in human and veterinary medicine. In this revision, classes of drugs categorized as highest priority critically important antimicrobials are quinolones, third and higher generation cephalosporins, macrolides/ketolides, glycopeptides and polymyxins. Polymyxins were newly added because of the increasing usage of colistin globally, the discovery of mcr-1 and mcr-2 genes, and the spread of colistin resistant bacteria via the food chain. See the full report for more information.