Food safety and quality

Ensuring food safety during the COVID-19 pandemic

Food safety is part of the comprehensive COVID-19 response and recovery programme that FAO is carrying out alongside partners to stop the pandemic from disrupting food systems, essential to food security, health, livelihoods and local economies. While COVID-19 has not been transmitted by food, the pandemic has sharpened the focus on food safety-related issues, such as antimicrobial resistance, zoonotic diseases, climate change, food fraud and the digitalization of food systems.

Concerted efforts on food safety will help countries mitigate the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic and boost their resilience for the long term by facilitating and accelerating food and agricultural trade, preventing the next zoonotic pandemic and transforming food systems.

FAO has produced an array of resource materials specific to food safety, many in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO):

Posters - 10 things to know about COVID-19 and food safety for:

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