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Food allergies may impact only parts of the world’s population, but that impact can be lethal. It is, therefore, extremely important that food labels contain sufficient information to enable allergic people to avoid the risks of allergic reactions. National contexts can differ in terms of predominance of food allergies and, thus, investigation is necessary within countries to understand what foods should be labelled, and determine the allowable quantities of food allergens, including those that are considered dangerous, that may unintentionally be present in foods. International standards exist, and Codex Alimentarius requires its members to comply with those, however, the food allergens recognized by Codex may not necessarily cover the whole list of food allergens that have an impact on different...
2021
This document contains food additive specification monographs, analytical methods, and other information prepared at the eighty-ninth meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), which was held virtually on an online platform from 1 – 12 June 2020, due to travel restrictions and lock-downs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Committee evaluated the safety of six food additives, conducted an exposure assessment for one group of food additives, and revised the specifications for three other food additives (including one group). The Committee also evaluated the safety of two groups of flavoring agents and revised the specifications for 12 flavoring agents. Tentative specifications were prepared for three, as the safety evaluations were not completed.
2021
A meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) was held on a virtual online platform from 1 to 12 February 2021, with an additional day for the report adoption on 25 February. The purpose of the meeting was to evaluate the acceptability of certain substances as previous cargoes and the safety of certain food contaminants, as well as to revise the specifications on steviol glycosides. The present meeting was the ninety-first in a series of similar meetings.
2021
Lipid-based ready-to-use foods (RUFs) for the nutritional management of moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) and severe acute malnutrition (SAM) are provided to children from 6 months to 59 months of age within the context of emergency feeding programmes supervised by governments. Based on the review, the expert committee considered that children with SAM have an increase in susceptibility to bacteraemia and sepsis that is probably between twofold and fivefold compared with children who are not malnourished and are of the same age and live in the same communities. On the basis of its common occurrence as a cause of infections and serious illnesses in children with SAM, and its documented ability to contaminate, survive in, and cause outbreaks of illness associated with...
2021
A virtual meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meetings on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA) of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat (RTE) Food: Attribution, Characterization and Monitoring was held from 20 October to 06 November, 2020. The purpose of the meeting was to review recent data on Listeria monocytogenes and determine the need to modify, update, or develop new risk assessment models and tools for this pathogen. A public call for data and experts was issued to support this work.1 In addition, background documents on the various aspects related to the meeting were prepared ahead of time for consultation by the experts. 
2021
Food provides essential nutrients for human health, well-being and development. However, when unfit for human consumption, food can also be a source of harm as food-borne illness and reduced absorption of nutrients. In the worst-case scenario, food that is not safe can cause death. Food-borne diseases continue to pose a high burden on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), particularly on children under five years of age. Enhanced food safety and hygiene is integral to the successful attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular to SDG2. This guidance note identifies a number of issues to be taken into account for improving the coherence between food security and food safety policies, indicating how food safety considerations could be integrated into the...
2020