Prioritizing food safety


With some 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses every year, unsafe food is a threat to human health and economies around the world. Ensuring food safety is a public health priority and an essential step to achieving food security.

FAO is the only international organization overseeing all aspects of the food chain, providing a 360° vision on food safety.

On World Food Safety Day, have a look at some of FAO’s publications on this topic. For more titles, browse the Publications catalogue.

Food control system assessment tool
This 5-part publication enables countries to assess their national food control system, identify priority areas of improvement and plan sequential and coordinated activities to reach expected outcomes.

Codex nutrient reference values
This publication explains how the Codex Alimentarius Commission developed its nutrient reference values for protein, 13 vitamins and 6 minerals recommended to be used in nutrition labelling.

Safety and quality of water used in food production and processing

This report provides reviews on current guidance and knowledge on water use and safety for the fresh produce and fishery sectors and water reuse in food establishments, and also on risk management approaches to ensure the safety of water and food supplies.

Climate change: Unpacking the burden on food safety

This publication seeks to identify and quantify some current and anticipated food safety issues associated with climate change.

The future of food safety

This technical summary prepared by FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO) reports on the two international food safety conferences held in Addis Ababa and Geneva in February and April 2019.

Compendium of Food Additive Specifications. Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), 87th Meeting June 2019. FAO JECFA Monographs 23

This document contains information, analytical methods, and other information that is useful to all those who work with or are interested in food additives and their safe use in food.

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