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FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Risk-based examples for Control of Trichinella spp. and Taenia saginata/Cysticercus bovis. Geneva, Switzerland.

The development of the Proposed Draft Guidelines for Control of Specific Zoonotic Parasites in Meat: Trichinella spiralis and Cysticercus bovis required specific scientific advice for use by the Codex Committee for Food Hygiene (CCFH).    In November 2013, the 44th Session of the CCFH reiterated the request of its 43rd session to FAO and WHO to develop risk-based examples for Trichinella spp. and Taenia saginata/Cysticercus bovis to illustrate the level of consumer protection likely to be achieved with different post-harvest risk management options, based on the slaughterhouse information and other data sources such as human illness. In addition, the CCFH requested that the initial focus be to collect and review the existing information on risk-based examples for Trichinella spp. and Taenia saginata/Cysticercus bovis.

 

  1. To have a common understanding of the components necessary for a risk-based control of Trichinella spp. and Taenia saginata/Cysticercus bovis in meat.
  2. To analyze the collected set of data/ available information that contributes to the components necessary for a risk-based approach for these two zoonotic parasites.

  3. To develop risk-based examples for Trichinella spp. and Taenia saginata/Cysticercus bovis describing the probable levels of consumer protection reached with different post-harvest risk management options in support of the above-mentioned Draft Guidelines.

A summary report will be provided when available.

Summary Risk Profiles on Trichinella spp. and Taenia saginata/Cysticercus bovis

The work on the proposed Draft Guidelines for Control of Trichinella spiralis and Cysticercus bovis in meat (CX/FH11/43/6) required the preparation of two risk profiles to assist the Committee members. The Codex Committee for Food Hygiene (CCFH), during its 43rd Session, requested that FAO and WHO conduct a peer review of two summary risk profile documents, one for Trichinella spp. and a second one for Cysticercus bovis.  The Committee considered that the information presented in the risk profiles was useful for other stakeholders, and had to be peer reviewed before making the risk profiles available to the public.

These peer reviewed risk profiles are presented here:

Summary Risk Profile on Trichinella spp.

Summary Risk Profile on Taenia saginata

Acknowledgements

FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Foodborne Parasites – Multicriteria based ranking for risk management

This meeting was convened to respond to the request of the 42nd session of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene to “review the current status of knowledge on parasites in food and their public health and trade impact in order to provide CCFH with advice and guidance on the parasite-commodity combinations of particular concern, issues that need to be addressed by risk managers and the options available to them.”  To support their future risk management work in this area.  FAO and WHO convened an Expert Meeting on Foodborne Parasites on 3 – 7 September 2012 at FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy to respond to this request. The objectives of the meeting were as follows:

To develop a ranked list of foodborne parasites of global importance

To identify the foods of greatest concern for the most important foodborne parasites

To provide an overview of the risk management options and approaches available for the control of the most highly ranked foodborne parasites

 The preliminary report of the meeting is now available