Enhancing INFOSAN in Asia and implementation of regional food safety strategies
Enhancing INFOSAN in Asia and Implementation of Regional Food Safety Strategies was convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and WHO from 27 to 30 November 2012 in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, in collaboration with and support from the Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA).
The objectives of the meeting were to:
- formulate an Asia-based strategy to enhance participation in INFOSAN;
- strengthen INFOSAN by facilitating active participation in this network by the countries present through the development of in-country notification systems and risk analysis capacities for emergency situations; and
- discuss the implementation of regional food safety strategies, including the Western Pacific Food Safety Strategy 2011-2015, identify priorities and assess countries' status against the defined indicators.
The three objectives were met through presentations, discussions and group work. The meeting concluded that INFOSAN is a critical tool in the modern world of international food trade and travel and enhancing participation in this network by the Asian region will be achieved through the implementation of the agreed Asia-based strategy.