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Food Safety News No 10


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Food Safety News
No 10 - 16 April 2004

Issued by the Food Safety Department
World Health Organization
http://www.who.int/foodsafety
foodsafety@who.int




IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Latest from the FAO/WHO Project and Fund for Enhanced Participation in Codex
  • Call for data for the Joint FAO/IOC/WHO Expert Consultation on biotoxins in Molluscan Bivalves
  • 36th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH)
  • Provision of Scientific Advice to Codex
  • Joint FAO/WHO Workshops on Non-human Antimicrobial Usage and Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Enterobacter Sakazakii and Other Microorganisms in Powdered Infant Formula (PIF)

Latest from the FAO/WHO Project and Fund for Enhanced Participation in Codex

Thanks to the generosity of several donors, the minimum threshold of US$ 500 000 was reached at the beginning of March 2004, allowing the Fund to become fully operational. We have received so far over eighty applications from all Codex regions and more are expected in the next few days. Delegates from Ghana, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea have already benefited from the support of the Trust Fund. Indonesia and Papua New Guinea were able to participate in the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene, while the delegate from Ghana is preparing to fly to New Delhi to attend the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues. For further information about the Trust Fund and the application procedure, or simply to obtain an application form, please consult our web site: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/codex/trustfund/en/. Information is now also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish
Contact: Mary Vallanjon (Tel: +41 22 791 2373 - E-mail: vallanjonm@who.int)

Call for data for the Joint FAO/IOC/WHO Expert Consultation on biotoxins in Molluscan Bivalves

The Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery products requested FAO and WHO to provide scientific advice on biotoxins in conjunction with its work on the Proposed Draft Standard for Live and Processed Bivalve Molluscs. In response, FAO, IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO) and WHO will convene in September 2004 an Expert Consultation on biotoxins in Molluscan Bivalves and are seeking data/information in these fields. Further information is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/chem/meetings/biotoxin/en/
Contact: Hajime Toyofuku (Tel: +41 22 791 3556 – E-mail: toyofukuh@who.int)

36th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH)

The CCFH finalized work on the proposed draft Code of Hygienic Practice for Milk and Milk Products, and agreed to forward the definitions on Food Safety Objective, Performance Objective and Performance Criterion to the Committee on General Principles for endorsement and subsequent adoption by the Commission, with the understanding that these definitions would be included in the Procedural Manual. The full report will be available from the Codex Alimentarius web page at: http://www.codexalimentarius.net/
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: +41 22 791 3445 – E-mail: schlundtj@who.int)

Provision of Scientific Advice to Codex

The full report (English version) of the recently held Workshop on the Provision of Scientific Advice to Codex and Member Countries is now available on the WHO Food Safety website at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/codex/en/workshop_report.pdf. The French and Spanish versions will be available in due course. The Executive summary and the recommendations have been circulated to Codex Contact Points. Codex member countries and interested international organizations were invited to provide comments to FAO and WHO before 15 May 2004.
Contact: Wim van Eck (Tel: +41 22 791 3582 – E-mail: vaneckw@who.int)

Joint FAO/WHO Workshops on Non-human Antimicrobial Usage and Antimicrobial Resistance

The combined outcome of the two WHO/FAO Workshops on Non-human Usage and Antimicrobial Resistance (Geneva, 1-5 December 2003 and Oslo, 15-18 March 2004) has resulted in clear suggestions for future directions. Amongst these the suggestion to form a Codex/OIE Task force on these issues and the suggestion for WHO to develop a list of 'critically important' antimicrobials. The Codex Committee for Food Hygiene has recently supported these suggestions that will be further discussed at the meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Geneva, 28 June - 3 July 2004). The full report of the Geneva meeting and the executive summary of the Oslo meeting are available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/micro/meetings/en/
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: +41 22 791 3445 – E-mail: schlundtj@who.int)

Enterobacter Sakazakii and Other Microorganisms in Powdered Infant Formula (PIF)

The advanced proof copy of the report of the joint FAO/WHO Workshop held in Geneva from 2 to 5 February 2004 is now available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/micro/meetings/feb2004/en/. Questions and Answers are posted at the same address.
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: +41 22 791 3445 – E-mail: schlundtj@who.int)

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