Food safety

Food Safety News No 7


Food Safety News
No 7 - 10 September 2003

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • FAO/WHO Electronic Forum on the provision of scientific advice to Codex
  • Call for experts on Antimicrobial issues in agriculture and veterinary use
  • Assuring Food Safety and Quality: Guidelines for Strengthening National Food Control Systems
  • Guidelines for Hazard Characterization for Pathogens in Food and Water (MRA Series No. 3)
  • New Codex Secretary
  • The 53rd Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa adopted a resolution on Food Safety
  • New look to the Food Safety Website

FAO/WHO Electronic Forum on the provision of scientific advice to Codex

FAO and WHO are implementing a consultative process on means to improve the provision of scientific advice to Codex and to FAO/WHO Member Countries. The study will consider the opinion of all interested parties and will review issues related to the quality, independence, integrity, transparency, timeliness, efficiency and sustainability of the advice. The steps in the consultative process consist of an Electronic Forum (1st October - 14 November), a workshop (26-28 January 2004) and an Expert consultation. Please join the Electronic Forum to discuss and provide input on topics such as management, working procedures, communication, transparency, selection of experts, data collection. E-forum: www.who.int/foodsafety/codex/consult/en
Contact: Lindsay Martinez (Tel: +41 22 791 3080 - E-mail: martinezl@who.int)

Call for experts on Antimicrobial issues in agriculture and veterinary use

The Codex Alimentarius recommended that FAO, WHO and OIE should give consideration to convening a multidisciplinary expert consultation to advise the Commission on possible directions to be taken, considering all issues of antimicrobials in agriculture and veterinary use (including aquaculture). FAO, WHO and OIE will convene in December 2003 an Expert Consultation on Non-Human Antimicrobial Usage and Antimicrobial Resistance and seeking experts in these fields to be selected for this consultation. Further information for submission of applications is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/micro/meetings/nov2003/en/
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: +41 22 791 3445 – E-mail: schlundtj@who.int)

Assuring Food Safety and Quality: Guidelines for Strengthening National Food Control Systems

This publication was prepared to enable national authorities, particularly in developing countries, to improve their food control systems. These Guidelines replace the earlier FAO/WHO publication Guidelines for Developing an Effective National Food Control System (1976).
Full text is available at: http://www.who.int//foodsafety/publications/fs_management/guidelines_foodcontrol/en/
Contact: Peter Karim Ben Embarek (Tel: +41 22 791 42 04 - E-mail: benembarekp@who.int)

Guidelines for Hazard Characterization for Pathogens in Food and Water (MRA Series No. 3)

This volume provides guidelines for the characterization of hazards in food and water using a structured, six-step approach, involving description of the process of hazard characterization; process initiation; data collection and evaluation; descriptive characterization; dose-response modelling; and review of results.
Full text is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/micro/pathogen/en
Contact: Jocelyne Rocourt (Tel: +41 22 791 3568 - E-mail: rocourtj@who.int)

New Codex Secretary

Dr Kazuaki Miyagishima will become the new Secretary of the Codex Alimentarius Commission on 1 October 2003. After working for several years with the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Japan, Dr Miyagishima joined the Food Safety Department of WHO in Geneva in 1994. His assignments included working directly with the Codex Secretariat to ensure greater involvement of developing countries in Codex. Since 1998, Dr Miyagishima has been Associate Professor, Health Policy and Administration, in the Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan. He has specialized in Codex matters, in the safety assessment of genetically modified foods, and in labelling of foods.
More information is available at: http://www.codexalimentarius.net

The 53rd Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa adopted a resolution on Food Safety

The 53rd Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa (Johannesburg, 1-5 September 2003) adopted a resolution on Food Safety which urges Member States to develop or update food safety legislation and policies that are based on scientific risk assessment along the entire food-chain.
Contact: Professor Patience Mensah. (Fax: + 47 241 39512 - E-mail: mensahp@afro.who.int).
More information is available at: http://www.afro.who.int

New look to the Food Safety Web site

We are happy to announce the launch of the new Food Safety Department web site. The site has changed address and may now be found at: www.who.int/foodsafety.
Contact for comments and feedback: Françoise Fontannaz (Tel: +41 22 791 36 97 - E-mail: fontannazf@who.int)

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