Food safety

Food safety must accompany food and nutrition security

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, announced at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (Rome, 19-21 November 2014) that the World Health Day 2015 (7 April) will be dedicated to food safety.

She hopes to catalyse collective government and public action to put measures in place that will improve safety of food throughout the food chain from production to consumption, and to find a sustainable response to core problems, such as fragmentation of food safety authorities and unstable budgets. Read the following to learn more.

INFOSAN in action in the Americas

Participants discuss using the INFOSAN Community Website with Carmen Savelli, INFOSAN secretariat.
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INFOSAN members from 28 countries of the WHO Region for the Americas met together for the first time from 23 to 25 September in Santiago, Chile. The meeting discussed how to strengthen INFOSAN and national food control systems in the Americas.

The meeting was organized by WHO/PAHO (Pan American Health Organization), in collaboration with FAO, with support from the Chilean Agency for Food Quality and Safety (ACHIPIA), the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

All people need food, each and every day

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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.

37th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission - Geneva , 14-18 July

Established by FAO and WHO, Codex is the UN food standards body charged with protecting health and ensuring fair practices in food trade.

Why is participating in the Codex Alimentarius Commission important for countries?
2014 marks the 10th operational year of the Codex Trust Fund. The Codex Trust Fund interview project gives views from around the world on changes in countries and in the Codex process as a result of increased participation.


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