Food safety

Microbiological risks in food

Shigella
© Dennis Kunkel

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are in the forefront of the development of risk based approaches for the management of public health hazards in food.

Since 2000, WHO and FAO have worked on a programme of activities with the objective of conducting risk assessments for the Codex Alimentarius Commission and Member countries. The two organizations are also developing guidelines for conducting risk assessments. This programme is known as the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meetings on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA).