Food safety

Tracking contaminants in food

Since 1976, the Global Environment Monitoring System - Food Contamination Monitoring and Assessment Programme, commonly known as GEMS/Food, informs governments, the Codex Alimentarius Commission and other relevant institutions, as well as the public, on levels and trends of contaminants in food, their contribution to total human exposure, and significance with regard to public health and trade. WHO implements the programme in cooperation with a network Collaborating Centres and recognized national institutions located all around the world.



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: