Food safety

Codex Workshop in New Delhi, 5-6 September 2018

Codex Workshop in New Delhi

A two-day training workshop on Codex was held in New Delhi from 5-6 September 2018 which was designed to enhance capacity of Codex Contact Points for Asian countries to effectively participate in Codex activities. The workshop was an opportunity to learn online Codex activities and interact with Codex Contact Points from neighboring countries. Many of them were learning Codex online tool for the first time. It was also a platform to discuss issues of regional interest such as Codex activities in Asia, Codex Trust Fund, development of regional standards and upcoming events.

20th CCASIA Meeting in New Delhi

As our food supply becomes increasingly globalized the need to strengthen food safety systems in and between all countries is becoming more and more evident. Codex has been playing a key role internationally in the area of food standards, with its dual mandates of protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in the food trade.

The 20th Session of the FAO/WHO Codex Coordinating Committee for Asia (CCASIA) was hosted by the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India in New Delhi, India from 26 to 30 September. Speaking at the inaugural session, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia highlighted that International food trade is now a 1.5 trillion dollar a year industry and the urgent need to strengthen food safety systems in and between all countries.

Burden of foodborne diseases in WHO South East Asia Region

Globally, billions of people are at risk of foodborne diseases (FBDs) and millions fall ill from these every year. Many die as a result of consuming unsafe food. FBDs can also affect economic development through the tourism, agricultural and food export industries. The South-East Asia Region has the second highest burden of FBDs after the African Region, with more than 150 million cases and 175 000 deaths annually. This report will support policy-makers in implementing the right strategies to prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks to improve food safety.


Five keys to safer food poster

5 Keys Poster
84 languages available! Translations mainly initiated by countries for use in health promotion and training activities.
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Distance Learning Tool (DLT)

WHO developed a distance learning tool (DLT) in collaboration with the Chulabhorn Research Institute (Bangkok, Thailand), a WHO Collaborating Centre. This DTL should be used by scientists and risk managers to analyse the food contamination data submitted to GEMS/Food. A password protected access to the learning tool is available upon request to:

Food safety messages for public awareness (DPRK)

Consumer awareness and education

Useful food safety related links

National Food Safety Authority links in South-East Asia Region;

Food Safety Strategies

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Upcoming Events

Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS24)
Brisbane (Australia)
22-26 October 2018

Meeting on the draft Codex Strategic Plan 2020-2025 Beijing (China)
1-2 November 2018

Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH50)
Panama City (Panama)
12-16 November 2018

Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH4)
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala (India)
21-25 January 2019

International Food Safety Conference
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
11-12 February 2019

Twenty-first session of the FAO/WHO Codex Coordinating Committee for Asia (CCASIA)
Chandigarh (India)
23-27 September 2019

Burden of Foodborne Diseases in SEAR

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