Food safety

Information for national food safety programmes

Last reviewed/updated
9 January 2010

National food safety programmes are programmes implemented at national level that assure that food will not cause harm to the consumer when it is prepared and/or eaten according to its intended use. The WHO has identified several challenges with respect to national food safety programmes:

  • Absence of food legislation or basic food safety laws
  • Lack of subsidiary food legislation/codes of practice
  • Lack of central coordination of efforts
  • Poor consultation process
  • Reliance on end-product testing
  • Lack of appropriately trained personnel
  • Lack of personnel in national agencies trained in HACCP for food safety assurance
  • Food control laboratories are unaccredited, have wrong priorities, and/or lacking in Quality Assurance (QA) programmes

The International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN)

In view of the need for all countries to promote the exchange of food safety information and to improve collaboration among food safety authorities at national and international level, WHO will shortly launch a new International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN).

Building Effective Food Safety Systems

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