Food safety

Report of the WHO Working Group on data reporting for hazards occuring in food (HOF)

GEMS/Food collects data on levels and trends of chemical contaminants in food. In 2010 an ad hoc group of experts reviewed the process for data submission and use. The major recommendations of this group were to develop a web-based application to download standard file formats such as XML or Excel; to reject submitted data not containing information critical for their interpretation; to generate standardized output to be used for communication of results; and, finally, to use a food classification allowing to integrate more easily data on hazard occurrence, nutritional composition and food consumption.