Food safety

Tackling antimicrobial resistance from the food chain


The 7th meeting of the WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR) is scheduled on 17-20 October 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, to update the list of Critically Important Antimicrobials for human medicine, formulate recommendations for the use of antimicrobials in food animals, and revise WHO’s guidance for the integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance.

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.

26-30 September 2016, New Delhi, India

20th Session of the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Asia (CCASIA)

FAO/Roberto Sciotti

Food safety events continue to affect Asia. The global estimates of the burden of foodborne diseases show that every year in the South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions, approximately 300 million get ill and 125,000 people die from consuming unsafe food. Dr P. Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia reported that international food trade is now a 1.5 trillion dollar a year industry and highlighted the urgent need to strengthen food safety systems in and between all countries.

Delegates to CCASIA will identify actions to address new and emerging food safety issues in the region, consider the use of Codex standards and related texts, and further work on a regional standard on laver products and a regional code of hygienic practice on street-vended food.


WHO-Chris Black

The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) celebrates this year its 60th anniversary. JECFA has been meeting since 1956, initially to evaluate the safety of food additives. JECFA’s work now includes the evaluation of contaminants, naturally occurring toxicants and residues of veterinary drugs in food.

JECFA is an international scientific expert committee administered jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization.

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.