Food safety

Food Safety News No 34


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Food Safety News
No 34 - 16 September 2009

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




IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Third Session Ad Hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Mid-term review of the Codex Trust Fund
  • Foodborne Disease Stakeholder Event
  • JECFA and JMPR - Upcoming Meetings and Calls for data
  • Vacancy in the WHO Department of Nutrition for Health and Development
  • New publications available on the web

Ad hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance

The third session of the Ad Hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance will take place 10-17 October 2009 on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. During this session draft guidelines on risk analysis of foodborne antimicrobial resistance will be reviewed.
Contact: Awa Aidara-Kane (Tel: +41 22 791 2403 - E-mail: aidarakanea@who.int)

Mid-term review of the Codex Trust Fund

The FAO/WHO Project and Fund for Enhanced Participation in Codex (Codex Trust Fund) is currently seeking (an) independent evaluator(s) to conduct a mid-term review of the Codex Trust Fund project. The Call for Expression of Interest detailing the requested consultancy services can be found at: www.who.int/foodsafety/codex/CallForExpressionOfInterest-CTF.pdf [pdf].
Deadline for applications: 21 September 2009. All applications must be submitted via the online application form (see instructions in the Call for Expression of Interest).
Contact: Catherine Mulholland (Tel: +41 22 791 3080 - E-mail: codextrustfund@who.int)

Foodborne Disease Stakeholder Event

Since the launch of the WHO Initiative to Estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases and its expert group FERG (Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group) in 2007, WHO has been holding annual stakeholder event in connection with formal FERG meetings. This year's Stakeholder Event will be held on 29 October 2009 at WHO in Geneva and will focus on fostering the links between the food safety research and policy communities.

Partners from all WHO Member States, bi- and multilateral agencies, scientific networks, policy think tanks, relevant industries, donors, foundations, consumer groups as well as the media are welcome to the meeting where preliminary foodborne disease burden results are presented and discussed, and an opportunity for dialogue is provided.

For all those interested in contributing to the translation of food safety research into policy, please contact Claudia Stein (Tel: +41 22 791 3234 -E-mail: steinc@who.int).

JECFA and JMPR - Upcoming Meetings and Calls for data

The 2009 JMPR is being held 16-25 September in Geneva. The draft agenda is published on the WHO web site: www.who.int/ipcs/food/jmpr/future_agendas/jmpr_2009_agenda.pdf. The electronic summary report will be published shortly after the meeting and will be accessible under: www.who.int/ipcs/food/jmpr/summaries/en.

The 72nd JECFA meeting will be held 16-25 February 2010 in Rome. The meeting is dedicated to the following contaminants: acrylamide, arsenic, deoxynivalenol, furan, perchlorate and total mercury. The call for data is still open and accessible at: www.who.int/ipcs/food/jecfa/jecfa72.pdf.

The 73rd JECFA meeting will be held 8-17 June 2010 in Geneva. The meeting is dedicated to the evaluation of flavouring substances and to the re-evaluation of cadmium and lead. The call for data is accessible at: www.who.int/ipcs/food/jecfa/data/en.
Contact: Angelika Tritscher (Tel: +41 22 791 3569 – E-mail: tritschera@who.int)

Vacancy in the WHO Department of Nutrition for Health and Development

The WHO Department of Nutrition for Health and Development in Geneva is currently searching for a nutrition scientist at P4 level (2 year fixed-term post). This is part of WHO's efforts in strengthening scientific advice on diet, nutrition and health, and supporting countries in developing and implementing evidence-based food and nutrition policies and programmes to address to address the increasing problem of double burden of malnutrition throughout the life course.

New publications available on the web

Safety evaluation of certain food additives, Toxicological monographs of the 69th JECFA meeting, WHO Food Additives Series No. 60, 2009: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2009/9789241660600_eng.pdf.

Evaluation of certain veterinary drug residues in food. Seventieth report of JECFA, WHO Technical Report Series, No. 954, 2009: www.who.int/ipcs/publications/jecfa/trs_954.pdf.

Toxicological evaluation of certain veterinary drug residues in food. Toxicological monographs of the 70th JECFA meeting. WHO Food Additives Series, No. 61, 2009: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2009/9789241660617_eng.pdf.

Principles for Modelling Dose-Response for the Risk Assessment of Chemicals. Environmental Health Criteria Documents, EHC 239, WHO 2009: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2009/9789241572392_eng.pdf.

From the IPCS Harmonization Project: Uncertainty and Data Quality in Exposure Assessment, WHO 2009: www.who.int/ipcs/publications/methods/harmonization/exposure_assessment.pdf.

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