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About us

Consumers have the right to expect that the food available on domestic markets is safe and of the expected quality. FAO works with governmental authorities, with local industry and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that this expectation is met.

Our overall goal

To improve systems of food safety and quality management, based on scientific principles, that lead to reduced foodborne illness and support fair and transparent trade thereby contributing to economic development, improved livelihoods and food security.

What do we do?

Our food safety and quality programme:

  • provides independent scientific advice on food safety and nutrition which serves as the basis for international food standards
  • develops institutional and individual capacities for food control and food safety management in many countries, including the management of food safety emergencies
  • supports processes for the development of food safety policy frameworks
  • facilitates global access to information and encourages and supports the development of food safety/ quality networks.

AGN also houses the secretariat of the Joint FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Secretariat.

Our approach

The Food Safety and Quality Programme coordinates activities in collaboration with other concerned technical divisions and with colleagues in the Regional Offices.We also work with a wide range of national stakeholders, according to the particular problem being addressed, to ensure that holistic and feasible approaches are taken.

We also collaborate widely with a number of external partners.

Contact us

Food Safety and Quality Unit (AGND)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00153 Rome
Italy

email: food-quality@fao.org

fax: +39 06 570 54593

The staff

Luciana AmbrosianoLuciana Ambrosiano

Office Clerk

Catherine BessyCatherine Bessy

Food Safety and Quality Officer

Sarah CahillSarah Cahill

Food Safety Officer – JEMRA Secretary

Marisa CaipoMarisa Caipo

Food Safety Officer

Renata ClarkeRenata Clarke

Senior Food Safety and Quality Officer

Vittorio FattoriVittorio Fattori

Food Safety and Quality Officer

Mary KennyMary Kenny

Food Safety and Quality Officer

Caroline MertenCaroline Merten

EMPRES Food Safety Officer

Jean-Michel PoirsonJean-Michel Poirson

Senior Officer EMPRES Food Safety

Conception QuevedoConcepcion Quevedo

Office Clerk

Andrijana RajicAndrijana Rajic

EMPRES Food Safety Officer

Masami TakeuchiMasami Takeuchi

Food Safety Officer