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
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
Distance Learning Tool (DLT)
Consumer awareness and education
Useful food safety related links
- Food Safety programme - World Health Organization
- Codex Alimentarius Commission
- International Food Safety Authorities network (INFOSAN)
- Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN)
National Food Safety Authority links in South-East Asia Region;
- Bangladesh Food Safety Authority
- Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority
- Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
- National Agency for Drug and Food Control Indonesia
- Maldives Food and Drug Authority
- Myanmar Food and Drug Administration
- Department of Food Technology and Quality Control , Ministry of Agriculture Development, Government of Nepal
- Central Food Control Administration Sri Lanka
- Food and Drugs Administration, Thailand