Food safety

WHO/FAO JMPR evaluated safety of diazinon, glyphosate and malathion

Federico Rostagno

The Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) met in Geneva on 9-13 May 2016 and re-evaluated three pesticides - diazinon, glyphosate and malathion – for the risks their residues in food pose for consumers. The conclusions of JMPR were reported to a WHO meeting that met on 16-17 May to discuss the WHO recommendations on the use of malathion in vector control including for the prevention of Zika virus disease. The JMPR was convened to review a significant number of new studies that became available recently.

Five Keys to safer aquaculture products to protect public health

Man fishing

With these new materials, WHO continues to promote safe food handling practices along the food chain - from farm to table. Developed in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the “ Five Keys to safer aquaculture products to protect public health” will support those who usually do not have access to formal education in food safety, such as women in rural areas, while they are playing an important role in producing food for their community.

Launch of the "WHO estimates of the global burden of foodborne diseases"

WHO has launched the most comprehensive report to date estimating the global burden of foodborne diseases. This helps address the lack of data on one of the leading causes of preventable illness and death worldwide. The report includes estimates of the burden of foodborne diseases caused by 31 bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins and chemicals. The estimates are based on the best available data at the time of reporting, and identified data gaps were filled using imputation, assumptions and other methods.

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.