Food safety

Food Safety News No 26


Market place - Nigeria

Food Safety News
No 26 - 5 Sept 2007


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:

  • Codex Trust Fund - Applications for 2008
  • Initiative to estimate the global burden of Leptospirosis - call for advisers
  • Biomonitoring of Human Milk for Persistent Organic Pollutants in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance in Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • Second WHO European Action Plan for Food and Nutrition Policy
  • New publications available on the web

Codex Trust Fund - Applications for 2008

The Codex Trust Fund is now accepting applications for support for developing countries to participate in Codex meetings scheduled for 2008. 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. 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 2007.
Contact: Catherine Mulholland (Tel: +41 22 791 3080 - E-mail: mulhollandc@who.int)

Initiative to estimate the global burden of Leptospirosis - call for advisers

Leptospirosis is a neglected zoonotic disease with a significant health impact in many parts of the world particularly in Asia and the Americas. Recognizing the need for reliable information on the impact of Leptospirosis at the global level, FOS initiated a global study to estimate the burden of Leptospirosis. A call for advisers to serve on a Leptospirosis Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (LERG) is now active. For more information on the application process please visit our website: http://www.who.int/zoonoses/diseases/lerg/en or contact LERGapplication@who.int
Contact: Saskia Hendrickx (Tel: +41 22 791 4235 - E-mail: hendrickxs@who.int)

Biomonitoring of Human Milk for Persistent Organic Pollutants in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

At its third session held 30 April–4 May 2007 in Dakar, Senegal, the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention, in its decision SC-3/19 on effectiveness evaluation, adopted the global monitoring plan on persistent organic pollutants (GMP) and the implementation plan for the first effectiveness evaluation. The relevant documents are available at: http://www.pops.int/documents/meetings/effeval/. WHO will undertake Breast Milk Survey in cooperation with UNEP and will be participating in several Regional inception workshops in order to undertake the implementation activities. The relevant information related to Biomonitoring of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/No_02_POPs_Apr07_en.pdf. WHO is seeking to ensure the involvement of the health sector in the collection of human milk samples in countries.
Contact for persons interested in contributing to the survey: Seongsoo Park (Tel: +41 22 791 3364 - E-mail: parks@who.int)

Meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance in Seoul, Republic of Korea

Following a recommendation from joint FAO/WHO/OIE joint Expert consultations on non-human use of antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance (reports available at http://www.who.int/foodborne_disease/resistance/en), the 29th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Geneva, July 2006) agreed to establish a Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and agreed on its objectives, terms of reference and timeline. The objective of the Task Force is to assess the risks to human health associated with the presence in food and feed of antimicrobial resistant organisms, antimicrobial resistant genes or residues of antimicrobials, and to develop risk management advice based on that assessment to reduce such a risk. The timeframe of the AMR Task Force is four meetings starting in 2007. The first meeting of the Task Force is scheduled 23-26 October 2007 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
More information at: http://www.codexalimentarius.net/download/report/692/amr01_01f.pdf
Contact: Awa Aidara-Kane (Tel: +41 22 791 2403 - E-mail: aidarakanea@who.int

Second WHO European Action Plan for Food and Nutrition Policy

The Second WHO European Action Plan for food and nutrition policy will be presented to the 57th Regional Committee for Europe on 19 September in Belgrade, Serbia. The first Action Plan led to the development of national policies on food and nutrition in most European countries. The Second Action Plan aims at supporting countries in the implementation of national plans. This new Action Plan focuses on the main public health challenges in the area of nutrition, food safety and food security by setting goals and recommending six areas for integrated and multisectoral action. The food safety component of the Action Plan addresses universal concepts focusing on implementation of tailored priority actions to tackle specific country needs. Priority food safety goals are reducing Salmonella and Campylobacter contamination in the food-chain and eradicating brucellosis. More information is available at: http://www.euro.who.int/foodsafety/Assistance/20070115_1.
Contact: Hilde Kruse, Regional Adviser Food Safety WHO Regional Office for Europe, Rome Office (Tel: +39 06 4877 525 - E-mail: hik@ecr.euro.who.int)

New publications available on the web

INFOSAN Information Note No. 05/2007 "Use of Microbiological Risk Assessments in Risk Management" will be available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/infosan_archives/en from 7 September.

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