Food safety

Food Safety News No 19


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Food Safety News
No 19 - 13 March 2006

Issued by the Department of Food Safety, Zoonoses and Foodborne Diseases
World Health Organization
http://www.who.int/foodsafety
foodsafety@who.int


IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Vacancy notice: Regional Advisor Food Safety, WHO Regional office for Europe (Rome)
  • The department seeks immediate short-term professional support to work on animal and food safety aspects of avian influenza
  • Avian influenza and Food Safety - Statement by Dr LEE Jong-Wook, WHO Director-General
  • The WHO Five Keys to Safer Food: a tool which contributes to the prevention of Avian Influenza
  • Healthy Food Markets
  • WHO mission to Indonesia to assess the risk of human transmission of avian influenza in wet markets
  • Joint FAO/OIE/WHO Expert Consultation on the use of antimicrobials in Aquaculture & Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Control of neglected zoonotic diseases
  • "GSFA Online" officially launched
  • New publications available on the web

Vacancy notice: Regional Advisor Food Safety, WHO Regional office for Europe (Rome)

Details available at: https://erecruit.who.int/e-jobs/public/hrd-cl-vac-view.cfm

The department seeks immediate short term professional support to work on animal and food safety aspects of avian influenza.

Post descriptions are available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/newsletter/FOS_STP.pdf

Avian influenza and Food Safety - Statement by Dr LEE Jong-Wook, WHO Director-General

WHO reconfirms that, when poultry products are safely handled and properly cooked, humans are not at risk of acquiring H5N1 infection through food. Full statement at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2006/s04/en

The WHO Five Keys to Safer Food: a tool which contributes to the prevention of Avian Influenza

Following the Five Keys not only prevents illness from eating contaminated food but also contributes to the prevention of diseases caused by handling infected animals, such as avian influenza. WHO strongly encourages governments, industry and consumer organizations to disseminate this important and timely food safety message. WHO Five Keys website at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/consumer/5keys/en
Contact: F. Fontannaz (E-mail: fontannazf@who.int)

Healthy Food Markets

As part of its response to the avian influenza pandemic, WHO has developed a Healthy Food Markets approach to improve the safety and nutritional quality of foods sold in markets. This approach is being used in pilot projects in cities around the world. WHO has issued a promotional brochure and a guide for pilot projects in countries. The brochure is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/capacity/healthy_marketplaces/en and the final version of the guide will be posted by 17 March.
Contact: Gerald Moy (E-mail: moyg@who.int)

WHO mission to Indonesia to assess the risk of human transmission of avian influenza in wet markets

The mission concluded that wet markets present a high risk for potential avian influenza transmission from animals to animals and from animals to humans. Recommendations include "Healthy Food Markets" framework approach aimed at improving hygienic slaughtering, better sanitation and waste management and could benefit other countries. The mission also resulted in a manual on live animals markets (accessible at http://w3.whosea.org/index.htm)
Contact: Alexander Von Hildebrand (E-mail: hildebranda@whosea.org) or Peter Ben Embarek
(E-mail: benembarekp@who.int)

Joint FAO/OIE/WHO Expert Consultation on the use of antimicrobials in Aquaculture & Antimicrobial Resistance

This joint FAO/OIE/WHO Expert Consultation will be organized in June 2006 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Aspects related to the public health impact of use of antimicrobials in aquaculture will be assessed and management strategies proposed. A call for experts and data are available http://www.who.int/foodborne_disease/resistance/en
Contact: Awa Aidara-Kane (E-mail: aidarakanea@who.int)

Control of neglected zoonotic diseases

INFOSAN has just published a note on "Control of neglected zoonotic diseases: challenges and the way forward" which contains information on zoonotic diseases based on the outcome of the recent WHO/DFID-AHP (UK DFID's Animal Health Programme) Consultation on the Control of Zoonotic Diseases: a route to poverty alleviation held in Geneva. The INFOSAN note is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/infosan_archives/en
Contact: François-Xavier Meslin (E-mail:meslinf@who.int)

"GSFA Online" officially launched

"GFSA Online" is now available on the Codex website at: http://www.codexalimentarius.net/gsfaonline/index.html?lang=es
"GSFA Online" is a searchable, web-based version of the Codex General Standard for Food Additives.

New publications available on the web

Report of the FAO/OIE/WHO Consultation on Avian Influenza & Human Health: Risk Reduction Measures in Producing, Marketing & Living with Animals in Asia, Kuala Lumpur, 4-6 July 2005:
http://www.who.int/foodsafety/micro/avian/en
Contact: Alexander Von Hildebrand (E-mail:hildebranda@whosea.org) or
Jenny Bishop (E-mail:bishopj@wpro.who.int)

WHO Global Salm-Surv - Progress report (2000-2005): http://www.who.int/salmsurv/links/GSSProgressReport2005.pdf
Contact: Peter Braam (E-mail:braamp@who.int)

Guidance on setting of Acute Reference Dose for pesticides: http://www.who.int/ipcs/food/jmpr/arfd/en
Contact: Angelika Tritscher (E-mail:tritschera@who.int)

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