Food safety

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.

Timor-Leste becomes 188th Codex member

Timor-Leste becomes 188th Codex member

The Government of Timor-Leste officially became the 188th Member of the Codex Alimentarius Commission on 21st February 2018. The government feels that a strong national food control system will play a critical role in ensuring safe food consumption, protecting consumers’ health, and facilitating good trade practices towards achieving successful human and economic development. The major challenges are development of appropriate legal framework, setting national food standards, promoting multisectoral collaboration for food safety, establishing laboratory and risk-based food inspection system as a part of National Food Control System. Many development partners including WHO and other UN agencies have been working together to support the Government of Timor-Leste in the areas of health sector.


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 Contaminants in Foods (CCCF12)
Utrecht (Netherlands)
12 to 16 March 2018

Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA50)
Xiamen (China)
26 to 30 March 2018

Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF24)
Chicago (United States of America)
23 to 27 April 2018

Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC41)
Rome (Itlay)
02 to 06 July 2018

Burden of Foodborne Diseases in SEAR

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