Food safety

Food Safety News No 28


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Food Safety News
No 28 - 5 February 2008


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:

  • Beijing Food Safety Declaration adopted at the High Level International Food Safety Forum, Beijing, People's Republic of China, 26-27 November 2007
  • FAO/WHO Joint Meeting on Follow-up Formula
  • Outbreak of bromide intoxication in Angola
  • Codex Trust Fund - 2008 support levels for eligible countries
  • New publications available on the web

Beijing Food Safety Declaration adopted at the High Level International Food Safety Forum, Beijing, People's Republic of China, 26-27 November 2007

The High Level Forum brought together ministers and other senior officials and included participants from over 50 countries and international organizations. The forum, cosponsored by WHO in collaboration with the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ) and the Chinese Ministry of Health, adopted the Beijing Food Safety Declaration which affirms that access to safe food and nutritionally adequate diets is the right of each individual. It recognizes several underlying concepts that provide the foundation for contemporary approaches to food safety. On the basis of these concepts, the declaration urges all countries to improve consumer protection through a series of measures that aim to comprehensively address food safety from production to consumption, from routine to emergency, and from domestic to international. In particular, all countries should build on the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) to share experience as well as emergency information about food safety incidents.
The declaration is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/meetings/forum07/en
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: + 41 22 791 3445 - E-mail: schlundtj@who.int)

FAO/WHO Joint Meeting on Follow-up Formula

The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene Committee (CCFH) has finalized the proposed draft Code of Hygienic Practice for Powdered Formulae for Infants and Young Children. While doing so the Committee agreed to return Annex II, which specifically addresses microbiological criteria for follow-up formula, for further revision. To support this work it was agreed to submit a request to FAO and WHO for scientific advice to facilitate the decision on whether or not to establish a microbiological criterion for E. sakazakii for follow-up formulae intended for infants up to 12 months of age. FAO and WHO will convene an expert meeting on follow-up formula in July 2008 (dates to be confirmed). In preparation for this expert meeting, FAO and WHO will collate and review available data and are therefore issuing a request for information on follow-up formula.
The call is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/micro/jemra/meetings/formula/en
The deadline for submission is 14 April 2008.
Contact: Peter Karim Ben Embarek (Tel: +41 22 791 4204 – E-mail: benembarekp@who.int)

Outbreak of bromide intoxication in Angola

WHO provided assistance to an outbreak of bromide intoxication in Angola during November 2007. Almost 500 cases were reported and the cause was found to be sodium bromide sold as salt or contamination of salt with sodium bromide. The response included source identification and assistance with the recall of affected salt and a salt replacement programme. This outbreak highlights the importance of food safety emergency preparedness and the role of the international community to assist with such events. WHO thanks its partners round the world who helped with the response to the outbreak.
For further information, please see: http://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_11_21/en and http://www.who.int/environmental_health_emergencies/events/angola2007/en/
Contact: Jenny Bishop (Tel: +41 22 791 1434 - E-mail: bishopj@who.int)

Codex Trust Fund - 2008 support levels for eligible countries

The Codex Trust Fund received applications from 98 countries for support in 2008. Of these 14 countries have never applied for support in the past and will now be benefiting from the Codex Trust Fund to participate in meetings, task forces and working groups of the Codex Alimentarius system. Thanks to increased donor funding, the Codex Trust Fund is increasing support levels in 2008. A Codex training course will be organized in Indonesia in November 2008 for Codex Trust Fund countries from the Codex Asian region, as well as eligible Pacific Island countries.
Information is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/codex/trustfund/en
Contact: Catherine Mulholland (Tel: +41 22 791 3080 - E-mail: codextrustfund@who.int)

New publications available on the web

The final report (pre-publication version) of the Joint WHO/FAO Expert Meeting on Animal Feed Impact on Food Safety, 8-12 October 2007, Rome, Italy at http://www.fao.org/ag/againfo/home/documents/Animal-feeding_report.pdf

INFOSAN note No. 7 (2007) - 12 Dec, Foodborne Disease Outbreaks - Guidelines for Investigation and Control available in the six WHO official languages at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/infosan_archives/en

INFOSAN Note No. 1 (2008) on Nanotechnology will be available in the six WHO official languages at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/infosan_archives/en from 18 February 2008.

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