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19/04/2022
For the attention of Food Safety Authorities, Poultry Processors and Academia: we need your data on the Control of Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry meat. Further to a recent call for scientific experts to participate in an upcoming Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA) on the control of Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry meat, the JEMRA is also seeking data to support this new work. More specifically, governments, the food industry, academia, consumer groups, laboratories, health care providers and any other interested organizations and individuals are being asked to submit any available data on the following: Information...

15/04/2022
As we continueto read daily reports of outbreaks and product recalls due to Salmonella, it comes as no surprise that foodborne Salmonella causes more than 78 million illnesses and over 59

06/04/2022
A session on Zoom, hosted by FAO, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Health Organization (WHO), addressed ‘enhancing food safety through a One Health approach’ on 6 April 2022. Markus Lipp, FAO Senior Food Safety Officer, delivered closing remarks at the 1.5 hour discussion that was part of the FAO in Geneva One Health Dialogue Series. “Life is complicated, food safety is complicated and One Health is even more complicated,” Lipp said, noting the importance of working together to overcome resource problems, share knowledge and reap the benefits of national and international collaboration. After...

05/04/2022
Cell-based food production methodologies have been well characterized, meaning they are now ready to move from laboratories to production facilities. The world saw its first cell-based beef burger in 2013 and chicken nuggets in 2020. There are now more than 75 start-ups developing various cell-based products around the world. The array of products and commodities is fast expanding to include various types of meat, poultry, fish, aquatic products, dairy and eggs. The idea is to cultivate animal cells in vitro and then process them while minimizing animal slaughtering. The safety of such products may come to the minds of consumers as...

01/04/2022
A skilled workforce of food safety professionals familiar with the challenges, opportunities and regulatory frameworks of a country are essential to improve food safety, increase domestic and international trade opportunities and enhance the health of the population. This need is especially critical in low and middle-income countries where foodborne diseases have a high social and economic cost. For example, it is estimated that over 137 000 people in Africa die each year from preventable foodborne illnesses.  “Many context-specific factors can either limit or enable the implementation of specific practices and actions that impact food safety. It is therefore critical that, when...

29/03/2022
After the recent FAO publication Thinking about the future of food safety – A foresight report was released we caught up with two of the authors, Vittorio Fattori, FAO Food Safety Officer, and Keya Mukherjee, FAO Food Safety Specialist, to hear their thoughts about the document. Fattori also recorded a video, providing an overview of foresight and some of the issues covered by the publication. (Watch the video here: Using foresight in food safety) Our first questions were for Vittorio Fattori: Foresight is in the news, but what is foresight? And why is it important in food safety? It is important...

11/03/2022
In a short video message, FAO Food Safety Officer Vittorio Fattori explains that FAO is seeking scientific experts with solid experience in the assessments of contaminants (including toxins), food additives and veterinary drug residues in foods. FAO is building a roster of experts to conduct assessments as part of the Joint (FAO/WHO) Expert Meeting on Food Additives (JECFA), an international expert scientific committee that gathers periodically on a voluntary basis. The call for experts was issued on 28 January and will remain open until 28 April 2022.   Watch the video See more in the call for experts Read an earlier...

10/03/2022
An update of activities of the FAO/WHO Joint Expert Meeting on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA), the group that provides scientific advice on the safety assessment of micro-organisms in food, was on the agenda of the 52nd session of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH). Delegates received a briefing on the microbiological risk assessment reports that are expected to be published in 2022: Listeria monocytogenes STEC in meat and dairy Water reuse in fisheries Water reuse in dairy Low moisture foods, and Spices. In his presentation, Jeffrey LeJeune, FAO Food Safety Officer, also went over publications released in the last two years. For instance,

07/03/2022
On 7 March – with exactly three months to go before the 7 June celebration, the theme for this year’s World Food Safety Day was revealed and the World Food Safety Day guide was published. The theme this year is ‘Safer food, better health’. World Food Safety Day event organizers around the world are encouraged to focus on the ways in which improvements in food safety can impact on the health of people, animals and the environment. The guide to World Food Safety Day also makes the point that “we need to transform food systems to deliver better health, and we...

07/03/2022
A new FAO publication Thinking about the future of food safety – A foresight report, was released on Monday 7 March, outlining how major global drivers and trends will shape food safety in tomorrow’s world. All food needs to be safe for human consumption; thus, appropriate food safety measures must form the core of food production in our agrifood systems. As agrifood systems are transformed to meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, there is need to develop and maintain a deep understanding of the future opportunities, threats and challenges ahead of us. What is foresight? Why is it important in food...

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