FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

International conference on Food Safety Risk Analysis and Antimicrobial Resistance

Moscow, Russian Federation, 17/12/2019 - 18/12/2019

FAO and the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) will organize the International Conference on Food Safety Risk Analysis and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) to be held in Moscow, Russian Federation, from 17 to 18 December 2019. The Conference is organized as part of a regional project funded by the Russian Federation and aimed at reducing the advance of AMR in food and agriculture in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The Conference is a follow-up of the International Conference on Food Safety and Risk Analysis that was held in Sochi, Russian Federation, on 18 and 19 May 2017. The Conference will also build on the First FAO/World Health Organization/African Union International Food Safety Conference, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 12 and 13 February 2019.

The Conference, jointly organized by FAO and Rospotrebnadzor, is designed to contribute to enhancing multilateral international cooperation on food safety, improving nutrition, and realizing the provisions of the 2030 Agenda, of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) recommendations and of the Political Declaration of the High-Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on AMR.

The Conference is aimed at gathering authorities representing animal health, public health and food safety sectors from participating countries in Europe and Central Asia region to exchange experiences and best practices on how to reduce AMR, assess multifaceted food safety risks, enhance multilateral dialogue, expand international and interregional sectoral cooperation, and promote partnerships between different stakeholders. These issues are best addressed in a One Health multidisciplinary approach that involves a variety of stakeholders from government and other institutions.

An additional objective of the Conference is to showcase the progress that has been made on food safety and AMR issues in the beneficiary countries of the regional project funded by the Russian Federation and review remaining challenges and ways to tackle them.

The Conference is designed for decision makers within their institutions. It is expected that more than 150 delegates representing sectoral governmental agencies, specialized international organizations, the private sector, consumers’ associations and scientific community will attend the Conference. Although there will be participants from all around the globe, the Conference will focus on Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The Conference will be conducted in English and Russian languages with simultaneous interpretation.

Presentations

AMR in Food and Agriculture sector: Relevance, Priorities, Actions and Challenges
Dr. Berhe G. Tekola, Director, Animal Production and Health Division (AGA), FAO

Prudent use of AMU
Johanne Ellis-Iversen, DVM PhD MSc FRSPH, Veterinary Epidemiologist & Senior Advisor,
Head of EpiRisk, DTU FOOD, Denmark

Achievements on reducing prevalence rate of Achievements on reducing prevalence rate of  Antimicrobial Resistance in the Kyrgyz Republic 
A. B. Dzhumakanova, Head of the Laboratory Testing Center Head of the  Department of Disease Prevention and Sanitary and Epidemiological Surveillance of the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic

Risk Assessment of Novel Technologies and Novel Foods
Prof Brijesh K Tiwari, PhD FIFST FRSC, Food Chemistry and Technology, Teagasc

Getting organised at country level – capacities for risk assessment
Dr Rickard Bjerselius, Science Division, Swedish Food Agency

Ongoing work of the Codex Alimentarius on Antimicrobial Resistance
Gracia Brisco, Codex Secretariat, Codex Alimentarius Commission, Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Program

Coordination Across Sectors: Strategies for Success
Michael Oglesbee DVM, PhD, USA

Government and Private sector collaboration to improve food safety
Leon Gorris, Ph.D. Food Safety Expert, The Netherlands

Robust official food control and governance of food safety risks
Dr. Blaise Ouattara, DMV, Ph.D., Food Safety and Quality Officer
FAO, Regional Office for Africa (RAF)

Summary of activities in the joint FAO –Russian Federation project on reducing AMR
Eran Raizman, Senior animal health and production officer, FAO REU

FAO programmes and initiatives to reduce AMR and AMU
Henk Jan Ormel, Senior Veterinary Policy Advisor, FAO, Rome