Food safety

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.

Women are drivers of sustainable development


Food safety is essential to good nutrition and health, which are vital to sustainable development. WHO estimates that every year, 1 in 10 people fall ill and 125,000 children under 5 years of age die from foodborne diseases. In many parts of the world, women grow and prepare the food that is sold in markets and consumed in homes, but they don’t always have access to food safety education. Efforts to improve food safety must consider the key role women play in improving the health, nutrition and development of their communities.

New Codex Work on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

UK hosted, and USA and Australia co-chaired, the Codex Physical Working Group on Antimicrobial Resistance on 29 November – 2 December in London, UK. The Chair of the UK Food Standards Agency, Heather Hancock, highlighted that antimicrobial resistance is a major public health issue worldwide, and that the Codex plays an active and essential role in tackling the issue by taking a One Health approach. Representatives from over 40 Codex member countries and member organization agreed on the proposed new work that could start in 2017. FAO and WHO, in collaboration with OIE, will support Codex by providing scientific advice as necessary.