Food safety

Launch of Codex Trust Fund- 2

On 1 January 2016, the new FAO/WHO Codex Trust Fund (CTF2) was launched to build on the experience gained over the past 12 years of operation of CTF1 which assisted 2385 participants from 145 countries to participate in the international food standard setting work of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. In the next 12 years multi-annual support will be provided to over 100 countries to strengthen their capacities.

"Our vision for the new Codex Trust Fund is to have all countries engaging fully and effectively in Codex and reaping the benefits of Codex standards by 2027."
Dr Kazuaki Miyagishima, Director of Food Safety and Zoonoses Department.

Launch of the "WHO estimates of the global burden of foodborne diseases"

WHO has launched the most comprehensive report to date estimating the global burden of foodborne diseases. This helps address the lack of data on one of the leading causes of preventable illness and death worldwide. The report includes estimates of the burden of foodborne diseases caused by 31 bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins and chemicals. The estimates are based on the best available data at the time of reporting, and identified data gaps were filled using imputation, assumptions and other methods.

World Health Day 2015: Food Safety

Every year, World Health Organization selects a priority area of global public health concern as the theme for World Health Day, which falls on 7 April, the birthday of the Organization. World Health Day 2015 on Food Safety is an opportunity to alert governments, manufacturers, retailers and the public to the importance of food safety - and the part each can play in ensuring that the food on people' plates is safe to eat.

All people need food, each and every day

Unsafe food causes many diseases, ranging from diarrhoeal diseases to various forms of cancer. A safe food supply supports economy, trade and tourism, contributes to food and nutrition security, and stimulates sustainable development.

WHO works to make food safe and nutritious all over the world.


Call for data and experts

New call for experts: JECFA Roster
New call for data: JECFA 82, JMPR 2016

WHO fact sheets on food safety