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One week to World Food Safety Day - 7 June 2023

The countdown has begun to the fifth World Food Safety Day which will be celebrated all over the world on 7 June 2023. A glance at the World Food Safety Day web pages shows how Member Countries, Codex Observers, industry, academia and a host of consumer groups and other associations are joining together to raise awareness about the importance of safe food throughout the food chain. The theme for the 2023 World Food Safety Day is “Food Standards Save Lives”, chosen by [...]
31 May 2023

ACT project in Nepal / Training on implementation of Codex antimicrobial resistance standards

FAO Nepal in collaboration with the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development conducted a training of trainers on the implementation of Codex standards to contain and reduce foodborne antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Twenty-three government officials from various departments representing food safety, public health, animal, and plant health, as well as the environmental agencies, participated in the training on 8-10 May 2023 in Godavari, Nepal. Opening ceremony (Mr. Shailesh Kumar Jha, Deputy Director General, Department of [...]
30 May 2023

New food safety information leaflets now available in run-up to World Food Safety Day

Four new 2-page leaflets have been published by FAO and WHO as part of the campaign for World Food Safety Day. The leaflets are aimed at producers in the aquaculture, dairy, fisheries and horticulture sectors and provide advice on best practices for ensuring the production of safe food. Links are provided in the leaflets to FAO and WHO publications that give more in-depth expert and scientific information on good practices in each sector. The leaflets also offer tips on how to promote [...]
26 May 2023

The 22nd Korean Food Safety Day Celebration

Under the slogan “Together for Food Safety, Healthy South Korea”, the 22nd Korea Food Safety Day took place on 12 May 2023, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Since 2002 this day has been designated for raising awareness about food safety and encompasses two-weeks of campaigns using radio, social media and on-site food safety policy events. Oh, Yu-kyoung, Minister of Food and Drug Safety, Republic of Korea The kick-off event showcased technology and innovation in food safety with a digital food safety platform using QR [...]
18 May 2023

ACT project: Cambodia sets priorities to combat AMR

A roadmap workshop took place on 27 April 2023 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia bringing together all relevant stakeholders to identify their priorities for addressing foodborne antimicrobial resistance (AMR), as part of the “Action to support implementation of Codex AMR (ACT)” project. Held in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, the workshop was attended by 44 participants from various ministries, associations, institutes, and academia.    “I would like to express the government’s support in the fight against antimicrobial resistance [...]
17 May 2023

Codex60 / Launch of standard for labelling of non-retail containers of foods

In 2022 the Codex Secretariat began work on reviewing the formatting and layout of Codex texts to ensure consistency, to meet FAO and international publishing standards and to enhance readability. A digital object identifier (DOI) has also been added to standards as they are published, providing a unique reference that can support tracking and citation of each text. The project is part of the Codex Secretariat’s contribution to the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The General [...]
17 May 2023

Korea Food Safety Day: New regulatory science programme in universities

As part of the Korea Food Safety Day campaign, the Food Regulatory Science Symposium was held on 10 May 2023 in Seoul, the Republic of Korea. The event, organized by the Korea Regulatory Science Research Center, highlighted the successful establishment of the new food regulatory science programme in universities and showcased its accomplishments. To foster human resources in the food bio-health area, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety initiated the food regulatory science support programme in 2021. Currently, three [...]
17 May 2023

CCFL / Codex ensures consumers have the information they need on food labels

Cara Tannenbaum, Departmental Science Advisor to Health Canada, welcomed delegates to the 47th session of the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL) taking place from 15-19 May 2023 in Gatineau, Ottawa in Canada. “Codex has served the global community well, allowing us to leverage the best possible science and evidence to support international standard setting,” she said, underling how countries consider the international labelling standards developed by the committee as they develop their own food labelling regulations and policies for [...]
15 May 2023

First Asia Pacific Food Regulatory Authority Summit takes place in Seoul

Ministers and representatives of seven countries gathered in Seoul, Republic of Korea on 10-11 May 2023 to establish a ministerial level food regulators coalition in the Asia-Pacific region.  The Asia Pacific Food Regulatory Authority Summit (APFRAS) has been convened to address common challenges in the food sector such as food policy, emerging food technology and safe trade. Delegates attending first APFRAS session, Seoul 10-11 May 2023 Australia, China, New Zealand, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam and the Republic of Korea reached consensus on the [...]
12 May 2023

Japan’s Food Safety Management Association starts World Food Safety Day activities

On 9 May, Masanori Kotani, Vice President/Secretary General of Japan’s Food Safety Management Association (JFSM) delivered a lecture on food safety and the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) “5 keys to safer food” and “2023 theme and slogan of World Food Safety Day” to second- and third-year students at Hokkaido Shizunai Agricultural High School. Following the last year’s lecture, the session included quizzes, which helped make the food safety lessons more fun and attractive for the students. In addition, the third-year students [...]
11 May 2023
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