Issue n. 48 - January/February 2007
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→  Now available online →  Contents
Corrigenda – Microbiological Risk Assessment Series No. 10
'Enterobacter sakazakii and Salmonella in powdered infant formula: Meeting report'
Microbiological Risk Assessment Series No. 10, FAO/WHO (2006) ISBN 92-5-105574-2
FAO announces the publication of corrigenda to the above publication. While a minor error in the relative risk calculations for some of the preparation and handling scenarios where powdered infant formula (PIF) was reconstituted at 60°C has been identified, this does not change the qualitative conclusions presented in the meeting report.
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FAO JECFA Monographs 1, Volume 4 - 'Analytical methods, test procedures and laboratory solutions used by and referenced in the food additive specifications'
Volume 4 of the 'Compendium of Food Additive Specifications', covering the analytical methods, test procedures, and laboratory solutions used by and referenced in the food additive specifications is now available online as FAO JECFA Monographs 1, Volume 4, (2006) ISBN 92-5-105559-9.
→  Download... [htm] / Searchable online edition... [htm]


FAO/OIRSA/PAHO regional training course - final report
'Basic awareness course on Microbiological Risk Assessment'
São Paulo, Brazil, 3-6 October 2006
A regional training course to improve basic awareness and increase understanding of Microbiological Risk Assessment (MRA) was organised by FAO with in collaboration with the Brazilian Society of Microbiology and the University of São Paolo. The course utilised the Spanish version of a new training tool developed by FAO in conjunction with the Industry Council for Development (ICD) and the World Health Organization (WHO), designed to target food safety risk managers in governmental and para-statal organizations, as well as scientists from academia, governments or industry.

MRA is a new instrument in the management and control of microbiological hazards in foods with the objectives of reducing food-borne disease and facilitating food trade. Codex Alimentarius has issued documents describing its methodology and application - Governments and those responsible for food safety now need to become acquainted with the general concept of Risk Analysis and how MRA fits into the frame work of Microbiological Risk Management (MRM).
→  Download... [pdf 404kb]

For more information on the MRA basic awareness course please visit our website or email JEMRA.


Update - Codex Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for Veterinary Drugs
The online version of the database of Codex Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for Veterinary Drugs has been updated to include the decisions of the 29th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (July 2006).
→  English... [htm] / Français... [htm] / Español... [htm]

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→  Forthcoming events
Codex Committee on Fats and Oils, 20th Session
London, United Kingdom, 19-23 February 2007
The provisional agenda and working documents for this and all other forthcoming Codex meetings are now available.
→  Read more...


Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling, 28th Session
Budapest, Hungary, 5-9 March 2007
The provisional agenda and working documents for this and all other forthcoming Codex meetings are now available.
→  Read more...


68th JECFA session (Food additives and contaminants)
Geneva, Switzerland, 19-28 June 2007
The complete list of substances scheduled for evaluation by this meeting is now available:

→  List of substances scheduled for evaluation and request for data. Download...
→  Supplement to the list of substances scheduled for evaluation and request for data (includes the final list of flavouring substances, i.e. the list in the original call for data (above) is no longer valid). Download...


→  Announcements
Call for experts - new work on viruses in foods
FAO and WHO are initiating new work on viruses in foods. This is in response to the increasingly recognized role of viruses in food-borne disease, and in order to provide scientific advice to the Codex Alimentarius in the development of risk management guidance. FAO and WHO are convening an Expert Meeting in May 2007, and to facilitate this work FAO and WHO are issuing a call for experts.

→  For more information and/or details on how to apply please click here or email JEMRA at FAO.


New FAO food safety projects in Asia
This month FAO's Regional office for Asia and the Pacific (FAORAP) starts implementation of two new 3-year projects in Asia: 'Enhancing food safety by strengthening food inspection systems in the ASEAN countries' (GCP/RAS/222/JPN) and 'Support to the FAO Programme on capacity building in food safety' (GCP/RAS/223/JPN).

Project objectives are the preparation of cases studies related to food inspection systems and guidance documents on food inspection and certification, and provision of recommendations for focused improvements to selected aspects of food inspection systems in several ASEAN countries.
→  For more information please email Peter Hoejskov at FAORAP.



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