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FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Enhancing Early Warning Capabilities and Capacities for Food Safety

Budapest, Hungary, 01/06/2015 - 04/06/2015

The consumption of unsafe foods is an important cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The potential for food safety hazards to cross borders and continents has increased with globalization and the growth of international trade in food and feed commodities. Countries and regions should have adequate capability and capacity to early detect adverse food safety signals or events, prevent food safety incidents and emergencies and be prepared to effectively manage, co-ordinate and communicate the response at the country level, and frequently at the regional and international level, as may be appropriate in order to improve public health and avoid negative economic impact of agri-food trade restrictions at the regional and global-levels. (click for the full Concept note)