Food safety

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.

Enjoy safe food this holiday season!


Holidays are a great time for sharing meals with family and friends. But we must also be vigilant about microorganisms such as Salmonella and Campylobacter which can cause serious foodborne diseases.

- When preparing meals remember to practice the Five Keys to Safer Food.
- Teach your children why food safety is important with the fun Five Keys animated video and share it with your family and community.
- Stay vigilant when you travel. Follow the recommendations of the Guide on safe food for travellers.