Food safety

20th Session of the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean (CCLAC)


Chile hosted the 20th Session of the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean (CCLAC) from 20-25 November 2016. The Chilean Minister of Health, Dr Carmen Castillo Taucher, highlighted changing epidemiological profiles and the rise in non-communicable diseases, and emphasized that member countries would need to identify the problems and needs of the region and harmonize standards to respond to these global challenges.

CCLAC delegates identified critical and emerging food safety issues and the uptake of Codex standards in the region, called on countries of the region to submit data on cadmium in cocoa for Codex discussions on this issue, and sent a regional standard for Yacon for adoption at the next session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

New Science for Food Safety

Illustration: NTU
Illustration: NTU

WHO and FAO co-sponsored a technical meeting, 7-10 November 2016, organized by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore for INFOSAN (International Food Safety Authorities Network) members in Asia and food safety regulators, academics and laboratory scientists experts from around the world.

Participants discussed the utilization of foodborne disease burden estimates, the application of next generation sequencing (NGS) in food safety, risk assessment and food fraud. The role of INFOSAN and the implications of new technologies/initiatives for the detection and response to food safety emergencies was also discussed.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 14-20 November

Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria change and become resistant to the antibiotics used to treat the infections they cause. This is compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases and undermining many advances in medicine. At the latest United Nations General Assembly held in September in New York, WHO’s Director-General called on the food industry to reduce the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in food animals. We need to collectively ensure the responsible and prudent use of antibiotics in animals to preserve their effectiveness.

All people need food, each and every day

Unsafe food causes many diseases, ranging from diarrhoeal diseases to various forms of cancer. A safe food supply supports economy, trade and tourism, contributes to food and nutrition security, and stimulates sustainable development.

WHO works to make food safe and nutritious all over the world.