Food safety

Food Safety News No 21


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Corinne Bacquié-Gilliot

Food Safety News
No 21 - 20 Sept 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:

  • The Global Early Warning and Response System (GLEWS) for animal diseases transmissible to humans
  • Codex Trust Fund - Applications for 2007
  • Call for experts for a joint FAO/WHO Expert consultation on the safety assessment of foods derived from biotechnology
  • Outcome of the 67th JECFA meeting, Rome, Italy, 20-29 June 2006
  • Call for data for the 68th JECFA meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 19-28 June 2007
  • The WHO Mediterranean Zoonoses Control Programme (MZCP)
  • Coordinated Research Project on Integrated Analytical Approaches to Assess Indicators of the Effectiveness of Pesticide Management Practices
  • Selected Information on Food Safety and avian influenza

The Global Early Warning and Response System (GLEWS) for animal diseases transmissible to humans

GLEWS was formally launched on 18 July 2006 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO). GLEWS is the first joint early warning and response system conceived with the aim of tracking and responding to animal diseases including zoonoses worldwide. More information on this initiative will soon be available at: http://www.who.int/zoonoses/outbreaks/en/
Contact: Saskia Hendrickx (Tel. +41 22 791 4235 - E-mail: hendrickxs@who.int)

Codex Trust Fund - Applications for 2007

The Codex Trust Fund is now accepting applications for support for developing countries to participate in Codex meetings scheduled for 2007. Information concerning these applications can be found in the six WHO official languages on the Codex Trust Fund website at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/codex/trustfund/en/index.html. All applications and queries must be sent only to the Codex Trust Fund secretariat using the Trust Fund e-mail (codextrustfund@who.int). Applications sent through other channels may fail to meet the deadline and will not be receivable. Deadline for submitting applications: 31 October 2006
Contact: Catherine Mulholland (Tel. +41 22 791 3080 - E-mail: mulhollandc@who.int)

Call for experts for a joint FAO/WHO Expert consultation on the safety assessment of foods derived from biotechnology

FAO and WHO will convene an expert consultation on the safety assessment of food derived from biotechnology during the first trimester of 2007. The venue and exact dates will be decided at the end of this year. The consultation will aim to provide scientific advice and information on issues related to the conducting of food safety assessment of foods derived from recombinant-DNA animals. Experts interested in participating in this meeting may obtain further information at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/biotech/meetings/animals_2007/en/index.html
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: +41 22 791 3445 - E-mail: schlundtj@who.int)

Outcome of the 67th JECFA meeting, Rome, Italy, 20-29 June 2006

The 67th JECFA (Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives) meeting was devoted to the evaluation of a number of food additives and contaminants. The summary report and conclusions of the meeting are available at: http://www.who.int/ipcs/food/jecfa/summaries/summary67.pdf

Call for data for the 68th JECFA meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 19-28 June 2007

The complete list of substances scheduled for evaluation by this meeting including the call for data is available from: http://www.who.int/ipcs/food/jecfa/jecfa68_call.pdf
Contact for JECFA: Angelika Tritscher (Tel: +41 22 791 3569 - E-mail: tritschera@who.int)

The WHO Mediterranean Zoonoses Control Programme (MZCP)

Is an interregional Programme (Mediterranean and Middle East) on zoonoses and foodborne diseases prevention and control through veterinary public health activities and the promotion of intersectoral collaboration and coordination. There are ten participating countries and five associated. Coordination and managing office is the Mediterranean Zoonoses Control Centre in Athens, Greece. MZCP closely collaborates with WHO and in particular, its Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) based in Cairo and a network of collaborating institutions. Key activities MZCP include National Training courses on Food Safety. Further information is available at: http://www.mzcp-zoonoses.gr
Contact: Aristotos Seimenis (Tel: +30 210 3814703 - E-mail: mzcc@ath.forthnet.fr)

Coordinated Research Project on Integrated Analytical Approaches to Assess Indicators of the Effectiveness of Pesticide Management Practices

The Food and Environmental Protection Subprogramme of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture is soliciting project proposals for the above Coordinated Research Project. Further information is available at: http://www-naweb.iaea.org/nafa/fep/news-fep.html

Selected information on food safety and avian influenza

Available in English and French at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/micro/avian/en/index2.html

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