Food safety

Understanding the scope of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning

WHO/A.Tritscher

Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) is one of the most common food-borne illnesses related to seafood consumption. CFP is caused by the consumption of fish that have become toxic from feeding on toxic dinoflagellates, a form of plankton. While CFP has been known for centuries, its true incidence remains unclear, and in addition to climate change, the globalization of trade might also contribute to the spread of CFP.

Supporting countries to monitor, assess and respond to foodborne disease threats

WHO

WHO has published a new manual to assist countries in strengthening their current foodborne disease surveillance and response activities. This manual provides practical guidance to build and maintain effective surveillance systems that comply with requirements under the International Health Regulations (IHR).

INFOSAN in action to control an outbreak of salmonellosis linked to infant formula

Following the outbreak of salmonellosis among infants identified in France in December 2017, the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) helped countries to identify and recall potentially contaminated infant formula and reach out to consumers to prevent further cases of illness.

Strengthening the integrated surveillance of AMR with One Health approach

Hokkaido University

A global workshop was organized on 12-14 September 2017 in Sapporo, Japan, to strengthen the integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in the food chain by taking a One Health approach. With the assistance of the Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR), 16 country research projects will be carried out to build a stronger national AMR integrated surveillance programme.

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