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Codex Contact Point
Codex Contact Point Vanuatu Ministry of Health PMB 009 Port-Vila, Vanuatu Tel: +678 22512
E-mail: [email protected]
National legislation on food safety: FAOLEX

Competent authorities

Name of authority
1. Ministry of Health 2. Ministry of Agriculture 3. Department of Trade
1. Food safety control - Inspection & Compliance 2. Food production & Bio-security (security) 3. Ensuring trading of food are in-line to codex & WTO requirements.
INFOSAN Emergency Contact Point
The current INFORSAN emergency contact point has left and the new contact point is; Name: Nellie Ham Muru Email address: [email protected] Position: Acting Manager, Environmental health Unit Area of expertise : Food safety Phone:+678 7736663 or +678 7762259 Mailing address: Private Mail Bag 009, Port Vila, Vanuatu. Preferred language: English

Food safety and consumer protection – laws and regulations

The current list of legislation, related to food safety and consumer protection in each country, is extracted from FAO's database on Food Legislation FAOLEX.
While FAOLEX makes every effort to serve as a high quality, reliable source of information, no guarantee is given that the information provided in FAOLEX is correct, complete, and up-to-date.

The national Codex programme

National Codex consultative mechanism
All matters relating to the codex program on food safety is coordinated by the National Codex Committee which consist of food safety stakeholders including government and Non- government organization. If in anywhere a food safety is raised the committee will be informed the issue is brought forward to the committee for consultation and actions needed to be taken either by a single agency or in a collaborative approach.
Providers of scientific and technical input to national consultation on Codex
The department of Agriculture is conducting safety studies on the quality of Kava. There is very little scientific activities in the country.

Risk Assessments and Scientific Data

National bodies providing risk assessment and scientific advice
There is very little activities done on this area in the country.
Risk assessment, risk profiles, scientific opinions
Official Laboratory
Vanuatu Bureau of Standards (VBS)
Official Competence
Limited to certain test only.

Surveillance of foodborne diseases and monitoring of food contamination

National surveillance systems – foodborne disease in humans
Syndromic surveillance system usually detect sudden onset of diseases that may be related to food-borne illness. The country also have the health information system as well as the syndromic surveillance system for certain number of diseases.
National monitoring systems – foodborne hazards in the food chain
The health information system (HIS)and the syndromic surveillance systems are two systems that can detect likely disease patterns that may be related to a food a hazard.