Food safety

Codex adopts new Food Standards

The 38th session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) was held from 6 to 11 July in Geneva. 141 countries and the European Union discussed and adopted new food safety and quality standards. The Commission recognized the work that had been accomplished through the Codex Trust Fund to raise awareness of the importance of Codex in developing and transition economy countries, and gave their full support to the Codex Trust Fund 2 which will commence operations in January 2016. The primary mission of the Codex Alimentarius Commission is to ensure safe, good food for everyone, everywhere.

World Health Day 2015: Food Safety

Every year, World Health Organization selects a priority area of global public health concern as the theme for World Health Day, which falls on 7 April, the birthday of the Organization. World Health Day 2015 on Food Safety is an opportunity to alert governments, manufacturers, retailers and the public to the importance of food safety - and the part each can play in ensuring that the food on people' plates is safe to eat.

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.

Food safety must accompany food and nutrition security

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, announced at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (Rome, 19-21 November 2014) that the World Health Day 2015 (7 April) will be dedicated to food safety.

She hopes to catalyse collective government and public action to put measures in place that will improve safety of food throughout the food chain from production to consumption, and to find a sustainable response to core problems, such as fragmentation of food safety authorities and unstable budgets. Read the following to learn more.



Recent publications

Call for data and experts

WHO fact sheets on food safety

Educational video: Five keys to safer food

WHO department Food Safety and Zoonoses