Food Hygiene

Advancing food safety initiatives

Food Safety at the World Health Assembly, May 2010

A World Health Organization resolution on “Advancing food safety initiatives” was adopted by the 63rd World Health Assembly (WHA) held 17-21 May 2010. The WHA resolution defines the general direction of WHO’s work, and since the last WHA discussion of food safety dates back to 2000. The resolution contained clear directions to strengthen WHO’s food safety work in relation to: a) building INFOSAN, adding food safety data-generation and data-sharing to its portfolio, b) monitoring and reporting on the burden of foodborne and zoonotic diseases, c) advancing the provision and sharing of international scientific advice, and d)  continuing to develop and maintain sustainable preventive measures, including food safety-education programmes, aimed at reducing the burden of foodborne diseases through a systems approach encompassing the complete food-production chain from farm to consumption The WHA resolution is available at: http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/WHA63/A63_R3-en.pdf

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Written by geraldmoy

February 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm