Food safety

Food Safety News No 11


Food Safety News
No 11 - 6 August 2004

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




IN THIS ISSUE:

  • WHO International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN)
  • Second FAO/WHO Global Forum of Food Safety Regulators, Bangkok, Thailand, 12-14 October 2004
  • Call for data for further elaboration of risk assessment model for Enterobacter Sakazakii and other Microorganisms in Powdered Infant Formula (PIF)
  • FAO/IOC/WHO Expert Consultation on Biotoxins in Molluscan Bivalves, Oslo, Norway, 27 September - 1 October 2004
  • FAO/WHO Functional Foods Workshop, Jeju, Republic of Korea, 6 September 2004
  • Codex Alimentarius Commission, 28 June - 3 July 2004, Geneva
  • Third International Total Diet Studies Workshop, 17-21 May 2004, Paris, France
  • New publications

WHO International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN)

To promote the exchange of information and to improve collaboration among food safety authorities, WHO is building a new International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN). A food safety emergency network (INFOSAN EMERGENCY) will be an integral part of INFOSAN. More information is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/infosan/en/
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: +41 22 791 3445 – E-mail: schlundtj@who.int)

Second FAO/WHO Global Forum of Food Safety Regulators, Bangkok, Thailand, 12-14 October 2004

The 2nd Joint FAO/WHO Global forum will be attended by national food safety regulators from around the world called this time to discuss ways to build effective food safety systems. More information is available at: http://www.foodsafetyforum.org/global2/index_en.asp
Contact: Peter Karim Ben Embarek (Tel: +41 22 791 4204 – E-mail: benembarekp@who.int)

Call for data for further elaboration of risk assessment model for Enterobacter Sakazakii and other Microorganisms in Powdered Infant Formula (PIF)

In order to further elaborate a risk assessment model for facilitating the revision of the Recommended International Code of Hygienic Practices for Foods for Infants and Children (CAC, 1979), more information is needed. Information for submission of data is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/micro/jemra/assessment/esakazakii/en/
Contact: Hajime Toyofuku (Tel: +41 22 791 3556 – E-mail: toyofukuh@who.int)

FAO/IOC/WHO Expert Consultation on Biotoxins in Molluscan Bivalves, Oslo, Norway, 27 September - 1 October 2004

FAO, IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO) and WHO will convene this consultation in response to the request of the Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery products (CCFFP) to provide scientific advice on biotoxins for the next session of CCFFP (February 2005). More 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)

FAO/WHO Functional Foods Workshop, Jeju, Republic of Korea, 6 September 2004

FAO and WHO will be holding a one-day Regional Workshop on Functional foods: Safety and Regulatory Aspects, in collaboration with the Korean Food and Drug Administration, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) and the Korean Society of Food Science and Technology. The Workshop will precede the Codex Coordinating Committee for Asia (CCASIA). More information is available at: http://www.fao.org/es/ESN/food/capacity_workshops2004_en.stm
Contact: Peter Karim Ben Embarek (Tel: +41 22 791 4204 – E-mail: benembarekp@who.int)

Codex Alimentarius Commission, 28 June - 3 July 2004, Geneva

An advance copy of the full report of the Commission is available at: www.codexalimentarius.net. In accordance with one of the recommendations of the Codex Evaluation this was the first annual meeting of Codex, previously meetings were held every two years: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/codex/eval_report/en/. Another significant milestone was the attendance of 28 developing countries whose participation was supported by the FAO/WHO Codex Trust Fund, the report of which can be found at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/codex/trustfund/en/.
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: +41 22 791 3445 – E-mail: schlundtj@who.int)

Third International Total Diet Studies Workshop, 17-21 May 2004, Paris, France

The workshop, cosponsored by WHO and the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Ministry of Agriculture, France, continued to support the view that total diet studies are the most cost-effective means for monitoring the safety of the food supply from chemical hazards. The workshop was preceded by a one-week training course. Report of the workshop will be available by September at: www.who.int/foodsafety/chem/en
Contact: Gerald Moy (Tel: +41 22 791 36 98 – E-mail: moyg@who.int)

New publications

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