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Food Safety News No 14


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Food Safety News
No 14 - 8 March 2005

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


IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Outcome of the 55th Session of the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
  • WHO Resolution on Enterobacter Sakazakii
  • Outcome of the 64th JECFA Meeting
  • Call for Experts for a joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on the Development of Practical Risk Management Strategies Based on Microbiological Risk Assessment Outputs
  • Latest from the FAO/WHO Project and Fund for Enhanced Participation in Codex
  • Global Forum 3 of Food Safety Regulators (GF3) - E-discussion forum
  • New publications

Outcome of the 55th Session of the Executive Committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

The Codex Executive Committee, in its latest meeting, Feb 2005, decided to prepare for a decision by the next Codex Commission meeting (July 2005) on whether a Task Force or an inter-committee Working Group should deal with antimicrobial resistance issues in Codex. It also urged the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene to finalize the revision of the Code of Practice for Foods for Infants and Children, including appropriate microbiological criteria for Enterobacter sakazakii and other relevant microorganisms, as a matter of high priority. Report of the meeting is available at: www.codexalimentarius.net
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: +41 22 791 3445 – E-mail: schlundtj@who.int)

WHO Resolution on Enterobacter Sakazakii

At the recent Executive Board meeting of the WHO (Geneva, 17-25 January 2005), a draft resolution on infant and young child nutrition mentioning Enterobacter Sakazakii was finalized for discussion at the forthcoming World Health Assembly session in May 2005 (http://www.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB115/B115_R12-en.pdf). The draft resolution calls on the Codex Alimentarius to establish standards and guidelines on foods for infants and young children and to urgently complete work currently under way on addressing the risk of microbiological contamination of powdered infant formula, including risk related for Enterobacter Sakazakii.
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: +41 22 791 3445 – E-mail: schlundtj@who.int)

Outcome of the 64th JECFA Meeting

The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) met in Rome from 9-17 February 2005 to evaluate the health risks of several food contaminants, including acrylamide. The summary report of the 64th JECFA meeting is available at http://www.who.int/ipcs/food/jecfa/summaries/en/. JECFA concluded that at current levels of intake acrylamide in certain foods may be a human health concern. An INFOSAN note was distributed to ensure Food Safety Authorities were aware of this issue when the summary report was made public. The INFOSAN Note, in English, French, Spanish and Arabic, is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/infosan/en/
Contact: Angelika Trischer (Tel: +41 22 791 3569 - E-mail: tritschera@who.int)

Call for Experts for a joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on the Development of Practical Risk Management Strategies Based on Microbiological Risk Assessment Outputs

FAO and WHO, in collaboration with the Federal Dairy Research Centre, Institute for Hygiene and Food Safety, Kiel, Germany, will convene an expert meeting in the second half of 2005 (dates to be decided) to prepare guidelines on the development of practical risk management strategies based on microbiological risk assessments. FAO and WHO have issued a call for experts to facilitate identification of suitable participants in this work. More information is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/micro/jemra/meetings/2005/en/
Contact: Jaap Jansen (Tel: +41 22 791 3568 - E-mail: jansenj@who.int)

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

Participants from 89 countries have been selected to participate in Codex meetings in 2005 with help from the Codex Trust Fund. The Fund will enable a total of approximately 300 participants to participate in Codex meetings this year. More information about the Trust Fund and the application procedure is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/codex/trustfund/en/
Contact: E-mail: codextrustfund@who.int

Global Forum 3 of Food Safety Regulators (GF3) - E-discussion forum

An e-forum will take place from 4 April until 13 May 2005. All GF2 participants will be automatically subscribed to the e-forum and all other interested parties are also invited to enroll and participate in the forum. Further information on the e-forum is available in English and French from the GF2 website at: http://www.foodsafetyforum.org/global2

New publications

The report of the 3rd International Workshop on Total Diet Studies, Paris, France, 14-21 May 2004 is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/chem/en/TDS_Paris_en.pdf
Contact: Gerald Moy (Tel: +41 22 791 3698 – E-mail: moyg@who.int)

The Proceedings of the 2nd FAO/WHO Global Forum of Food Safety Regulators (GF2) are now available from the GF2 website in English and French: http://www.foodsafetyforum.org/global2
Contact: Peter Karim Ben Embarek (Tel: +41 22 791 4204 - E-mail: benembarekp@who.int)

The report of the Joint FAO/IOC/WHO ad hoc expert Consultation on Biotoxins in Molluscan Bivalves (Oslo, Norway, 27 September - 1 October 2004) is now available at: www.fao.org/es/esn/food/risk_biotoxin_en.stm
Contact: Peter Karim Ben Embarek (Tel: +41 22 791 4204 - E-mail: benembarekp@who.int)

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