Food safety

Food Safety News No 17


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Food Safety News
No 17 - 15 Sept 2005

Issued by the Department of Food Safety, Zoonoses and Foodborne Diseases
World Health Organization
http://www.who.int/foodsafety
foodsafety@who.int


IN THIS ISSUE:

  • WHO's advice for Food Safety in Natural Disasters
  • Outbreak of Streptococcus suis in Sichuan, China
  • FAO/WHO Codex Trust Fund: Applications for 2006
  • Antimicrobial resistance: Decision from USFDA
  • WHO's first Food Safety Award presented to Her Majesty the Queen of Thailand
  • WHO Meeting on the control of zoonotic diseases, WHO/HQ, Geneva, 20-21 September 2005
  • FAO/WHO Regional Conference on Food Safety for the Americas and the Caribbean, San José, Costa Rica, 6-9 December 2005
  • Vacancy announcement - Secretary of the JMPR
  • Call for data 66th meeting of JECFA (Veterinary Drugs)
  • New publications available on the web

WHO's advice for Food Safety in Natural Disasters

INFOSAN has just published an Information Note on “Food Safety in Natural Disasters" describing the food safety consequences of natural disasters and other emergencies. The note and its linked WHO documents provide advice and guidance to authorities in their planning and response to such emergencies.
The INFOSAN Information Note is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/infosan_archives/en/
Contact: Jaap Jansen (Tel: +41 22 791 3106) – E-mail: jansenj@who.int)

Outbreak of Streptococcus suis in Sichuan, China

A large outbreak of Streptococcus suis involving over 200 human cases and linked to contact with pigs has been reported from Sichuan, China. The bacterium is commonly present in pigs and human infection is thought to occur through cuts or abrasions on the skin when handling infected pig-material. More information available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/micro/strepsuis/en/
Contact: Gunnar Nylen (Tel: + 41 22 791 1523 – E-mail: nyleng@who.int)

FAO/WHO Codex Trust Fund: Applications for 2006

Detailed information concerning applications for support from the Trust Fund for 2006 (including application forms) is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/codex/trustfund/en/. Only applications submitted no later than 31 October 2005 will be receivable.
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: +41 22 791 3445 – E-mail: codextrustfund@who.int)

Antimicrobial resistance: Decision from USFDA

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has withdrawn an antimicrobial (enrofloxacin) from its animal use based on human health concerns related to antimicrobial resistance in microorganisms in food (http://www.fda.gov/oc/antimicrobial/baytril.pdf). WHO's guidance to prevent the development of antimicrobial resistance from agricultural use of antimicrobials, including a recent report on Critically Important Antibacterial Agents for Human Medicine is available at: http://www.who.int/foodborne_disease/resistance/publications/en/index.html
Contact: Awa Aidara-Kane (Tel: +41 22 791 2403 - E-mail: aidarakanea@who.int)

WHO's first Food Safety Award presented to Her Majesty the Queen of Thailand

The Director-General of WHO has awarded Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of the Kingdom of Thailand the WHO food safety award in recognition of her outstanding and notable efforts in promoting food safety in her country.
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: +41 22 791 3445 – E-mail: schlundtj@who.int)

WHO Meeting on the control of zoonotic diseases, WHO/HQ, Geneva, 20-21 September 2005

WHO, in collaboration with UK/DFID is organizing a meeting in Geneva on the control of zoonotic diseases as a route to poverty alleviation amongst livestock-keeping communities. The group of experts, representing both disease and development perspectives, will exchange information, assess the situation and suggest relevant next steps to make progress.
Contact: François Meslin (Tel: +41 22 791 2575 - E-mail: meslinf@who.int)

FAO/WHO Regional Conference on Food Safety for the Americas and the Caribbean, San José, Costa Rica, 6-9 December 2005

All related information is available in both Spanish and English at: http://www.foodsafetyforum.org/americas/index.asp
Contact: Peter Karim Ben Embarek (Tel: +41 22 791 4204 – E-mail: benembarekp@who.int)

Vacancy announcement - Secretary of the JMPR

The FAO Plant Protection services is recruiting an Agricultural Officer for pesticide management, with the main duty to serve as FAO secretariat to the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR): http://www.fao.org/VA/PROF/1452agpE.htm

Call for data 66th meeting of JECFA (Veterinary Drugs)

The list of substances scheduled for evaluation and a request for data for the 66th meeting of JECFA (Geneva, 22-28 February 2006) is available from the JECFA website at: http://www.who.int/ipcs/food/jecfa/jecfa66_call.pdf. Data should be submitted by 1 November 2005.
Contact: Angelika Tritscher (Tel: +41 22 791 3569 – E-mail: tritschera@who.int)

New publications available on the web

Summary report of the 65th JECFA meeting (Geneva, 7-16 June 2005): http://www.who.int/ipcs/food/jecfa/summaries/en/

Toxicological monographs of the 62nd JECFA meeting - Toxicological evaluation of certain veterinary drug residues in food. WHO FAS 53: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2004/9241660538.pdf

Report of the 63rd JECFA meeting - Evaluation of certain food additives. WHO TRS 928: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/trs/WHO_TRS_928.pdf
Contact for JECFA: Angelika Tritscher (Tel: +41 22 791 3569 – E-mail: tritschera@who.int)

Report of the 28th Codex Alimentarius Commission (Rome, 4-9 July 2005): http://www.codexalimentarius.net
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: +41 22 791 3445 – E-mail: schlundtj@who.int)

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