22 July 2014, Rome – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is warning that increased efforts are needed to improve awareness in West Africa about the risks of contracting the Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species, including fruit bats. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to contain the world’s deadliest recorded outbreak of the virus, which is transmitted by direct contact with the blood and body fluids of infected people as well as infected animals. The West African epidemic is thought to have started when the virus crossed over from infected wildlife into the (...)
Bangkok, Thailand, 17 July 2014 – As the 2013 harvest season draws to a close, Asia and Western Africa have produced more rice than expected, heightening the global paddy production forecast. This is according to FAO’s latest Rice Market Monitoring Report. FAO now forecasts 2013 global paddy production at 747.0 million tonnes, or 498.0 million tonnes on a milled basis. The resulting 1.5 percent year-to-year increase still falls short of the long-run pace of 2.0 percent registered since 2000, according to the report.
16 July 2014, Geneva - UN food standards body, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, this week adopted new standards to protect consumer health worldwide, including setting out maximum acceptable levels of lead in infant formula and of arsenic in rice. Jointly run by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the Codex Alimentarius Commission sets international food safety and quality standards to promote safer and more nutritious food for consumers worldwide. Codex standards serve in many cases as a basis for national legislation, and provide the food safety benchmarks for international food trade. The (...)
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