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Food Safety News No 9


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Food Safety News
No 9 - 12 February 2004

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




IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Enterobacter Sakazakii and Other Microorganisms in Powdered Infant Formula (PIF)
  • Provision of Scientific Advice to Codex
  • Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5) (HPAI)
  • 2nd Workshop on Non-human Antimicrobial Usage and Antimicrobial Resistance: Management Options, Oslo, Norway, 15-18 March 2004
  • Regional Conference on Food Safety for Asia and the Pacific, Seremban, Malaysia, 24-27 May 2004
  • 5th World Congress on Foodborne Infections and Intoxications, Berlin, Germany, 7-11 June 2004
  • 2nd FAO/WHO Global Forum of Food Safety Regulators, Bangkok, Thailand, 12-14 October 2004
  • Foods Derived from GM animals
  • Surveillance of Foodborne Infections and Intoxications in Europe

Enterobacter Sakazakii and Other Microorganisms in Powdered Infant Formula (PIF)

A joint FAO/WHO Workshop on the above subject was held in Geneva from 2 to 5 February 2004. It recommended to alert the public that PIF is not sterile and that PIF should be reconstituted in a way that kills the organism, e.g. using boiling water. It also recommended that Codex revise the international standards for PIF. The summary of the workshop and Questions and Answers are available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/micro/meetings/feb2004/en/
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: +41 22 791 3445 – E-mail: schlundtj@who.int)

Provision of Scientific Advice to Codex

The joint FAO/WHO workshop on the provision of scientific advice to Codex was held in Geneva from 27 to 29 January 2004. The workshop focused on the principles, management and procedures associated with the provision of scientific advice within the FAO/WHO system. The report will be available by the end of February at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/codex/workshop/en/.
Contact: Wim Van Eck (Tel: +41 22 791 3582 – E-mail: vaneckw@who.int)

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5) (HPAI)

In a general note, WHO concludes that processed poultry products and eggs does not pose a risk to public health provided efficient control measures have been implemented to control the movement of H5N1 infected animals. A second note address the specific situation faced in rural settings in Asia in areas experiencing outbreaks. Both notes are available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/micro/avian/en/.
Contact: Peter Karim Ben Embarek (Tel: +41 22 791 4204 - E-mail: benembarekp@who.int)

2nd Workshop on Non-human Antimicrobial Usage and Antimicrobial Resistance: Management Options, Oslo, Norway, 15-18 March 2004

This joint FAO/OIE/WHO workshop is part of a general consultative process aimed at informing future developments in this area and to advise Codex Alimentarius and Member States. The full report of the first workshop held from 1st to 5 December in WHO is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/micro/nov2003/en/
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: +41 22 791 3445 – E-mail: schlundtj@who.int)

Regional Conference on Food Safety for Asia and the Pacific, Seremban, Malaysia, 24-27 May 2004

The joint FAO/WHO Regional Conference will be attended by food safety policy-makers and specialists from Asian and Pacific Member countries of WHO and FAO. The conference will facilitate discussion on practical actions and capacity building opportunities to promote food safety in the countries of the region. More information is available at: http://www.foodsafetyforum.org\asian\index_en.asp
Contact: Peter Karim Ben Embarek (Tel: +41 22 791 4204 - E-mail: benembarekp@who.int)

5th World Congress on Foodborne Infections and Intoxications, Berlin, Germany, 7-11 June 2004

Organized by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), a FAO/WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and Research in Food Hygiene and Zoonoses. More information is available at: http://www.euro.who.int/foodsafety/Surveillance/20031214_2
Contact: Cristina Tirado, WHO Regional Office for Europe (Tel: +39 06 487 7525 - E-mail: cti@who.it)

2nd FAO/WHO Global Forum of Food Safety Regulators, Bangkok, Thailand, 12-14 October 2004

The second Joint FAO/WHO Global forum will be attended by national food safety regulators from around the world called this time to discuss ways to build effective food safety systems. More information is available at: http://www.foodsafetyforum.org/global2/index_en.asp
Contact: Peter Karim Ben Embarek (Tel: +41 22 791 4204 - E-mail: benembarekp@who.int)

Foods Derived from GM animals

The full report of the joint FAO/WHO expert consultation on the safety assessment of foods derived from genetically modified animals, including fish held at FAO from 17 to 21 November 2003 is now available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/biotech/meetings/ec_nov2003/en/
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: +41 22 791 3445 – E-mail: schlundtj@who.int)

Surveillance of Foodborne Infections and Intoxications in Europe

The 8th report of the WHO Programme for surveillance of foodborne infections and intoxications in Europe, based on data from 1999-2000 is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/foodborne_disease/dec2003/en/
Contact: Cristina Tirado, WHO Regional Office for Europe (Tel: +39 06 487 7525 - E-mail: cti@who.it)

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