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Food Safety News - FERG Special


FERG

Food Safety News
FERG Special - 9 December 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:

  • Second meeting of FERG experts and stakeholders a resounding success!
  • The FERG 2 expert meeting
  • The International Foodborne Disease Stakeholder event
  • What now for the Initiative?
  • Call for stakeholder involvement

Second meeting of FERG experts and stakeholders a resounding success!

The second meeting of WHO’s Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) took place between 17-21 November 2008 in Geneva. The meeting was complemented by the holding of a major International Foodborne Disease Stakeholder Event, which took place on 20 November 2008. Both meetings are part of the WHO Initiative to Estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Disease. More information on the Initiative is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/foodborne_disease/ferg/en

The FERG 2 expert meeting

More than 50 experts in food safety and foodborne diseases came together from 17-21 November 2008 to hear the preliminary findings of the research that had been commissioned the year before at the FERG 1 meeting, and to discuss workplans for the coming year. More information on the FERG expert group and their work is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/foodborne_disease/ferg/en/index3.html

The International Foodborne Disease Stakeholder event

Stakeholders
Photo - Oliver O'Hanlon

On Thursday, 20 November, the floor was given over to nearly 30 stakeholders, enabling a stimulating exchange of views, opinions and ideas between the Initiative's stakeholders and the FERG expert group. The delegates, who included representatives from governments, industry, scientific and public media, and consumer groups, heard from numerous speakers including Dr David Heymann (WHO Assistant Director-General), Dr Jørgen Schlundt (WHO Director, Food Safety), and Ms Nancy Donley (president of the US non-profit group STOP (Safe Tables Our Priority)). Ms Donley, who lost her young son to a foodborne illness 15 years ago, gave a moving account of the faces behind the statistics and urged delegates to support the WHO Initiative. The event was reported in numerous local and international public media, including Reuters. More information on the Stakeholder event is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/foodborne_disease/ferg2/en/index.html

What now for the Initiative?

The Initiative is now looking forward to another year of fruitful collaboration with its many experts and stakeholders, including the launch of a new Task Force later in 2009. This new Country Studies Task Force will aim to provide support to countries wishing to undertake their own national studies of foodborne disease burden.

Call for stakeholder involvement

If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved in the work of the Initiative, please contact: foodsafety@who.int

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