Food safety

Food Safety News No 29


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Food Safety News
No 29 - 16 May 2008


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:

  • 1st International Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance in Zoonotic Bacteria and Foodborne Pathogens, 15-18 June 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Launching of the WHO Advisory group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance
  • WHO Initiative to Estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases - Report from first formal meeting of Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) now available
  • First developing country to make a contribution to Codex Trust Fund
  • International Food Crisis
  • WHO Global Salm-Surv celebrates 50 training courses
  • New Web risk assessment tool
  • New publications available on the web

1st International Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance in Zoonotic Bacteria and Foodborne Pathogens, 15-18 June 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Launching of the WHO Advisory group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance

The focus of the conference will be on antimicrobial resistance and transmission of antimicrobial resistant bacteria via the food-chain and other human-animals interactions. The meeting will provide numerous opportunities to interact and exchange knowledge, in this growing research area, between scientists as well as international policy and regulatory decision makers. The launching of the WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance will take place during the meeting on 18 June 2008. More information at: http://www.asm.org/Meetings/index.asp?bid=51597
Contact: Awa Aidara-Kane (Tel: +41 22 791 2403 - E-mail: aidarakanea@who.int)

WHO Initiative to Estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases - Report from first formal meeting of Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) now available

In collaboration with multiple partners, WHO/FOS launched the Initiative to Estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases from all major causes and convened the first meeting of its multidisciplinary expert group, the Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) (http://www.who.int/foodsafety/foodborne_disease/ferg/en).
The FERG which is charged with estimating the global burden of foodborne diseases met for the first time in November 2007 and has now reported on its deliberations in a recently published report. The report outlines the detailed work plans agreed by the FERG for the coming years. The report is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/foodborne_disease/burden_nov07/en
Contact: Claudia Stein (Tel: (Tel: +41 22 791 3234 - E-mail: steinc@who.int)

First developing country to make a contribution to Codex Trust Fund

Malaysia became the first developing country to make a contribution to the Codex Trust Fund after having benefited from Trust Fund support in the past. Along with fulfilling a role as vice-chairman of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, Malaysia's contribution to the Trust Fund demonstrates their continuing engagement to the development and implementation of global food safety and quality standards that can lead to a “triple win" for all countries through better opportunities for international food trade, enhanced economic development and improved public health. More information is available at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/codex/trustfund/en.
Contact: Catherine Mulholland (Tel: +41 22 791 3080 - E-mail: mulhollandc@who.int)

International Food Crisis

The current international food crisis that has seen sharp price increase of basic food commodities around the world affects primarily the poor and vulnerable part of the populations. The crisis has alerted the world to the necessity to rethink the agricultural and food production systems worldwide. It is important not to forget the nutritional and food safety dimensions of this crisis when the focus is on ensuring food security.
Contact: Jørgen Schlundt (Tel: + 41 22 791 3445 - E-mail: schlundtj@who.int)

WHO Global Salm-Surv celebrates 50 training courses

WHO Global Salm-Surv (WHO GSS) is a capacity-building network that promotes integrated laboratory-based surveillance through collaboration between microbiologists and epidemiologists in human health, veterinary, and food-related disciplines. Starting in 2000, the programme has provided training courses in Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian for over 800 professionals from more than 120 countries. WHO GSS conducted its 50th training course 25-29 February 2008 in Warsaw, Poland. The international training course was attended by 71 scientists (34 microbiologists and 37 epidemiologists) from 18 Central and Eastern European countries and facilitated by 14 trainers and lecturers from 11 institutions. More information on WHO Global Salm-Surv at: http://www.who.int/salmsurv/en/
Contact: Danilo Lo-Fo-Wong (Tel: +41 22 791 3882 – E-mail: lofowongd@who.int)

New Web risk assessment tool

Following the publication of the FAO/WHO risk assessment of Enterobacter sakazakii in Powdered Infant Formula (PIF) (http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/micro/mra6/en), the two organizations have developed a new web-based risk assessment tool which is accessible to non-specialists. This tool allows risk managers to explore alternative risk mitigation options for the control of E. sakazakii in PIF to suit their national or local conditions. The user friendly tool can run on any web connection with a standard web browser at: http://www.mramodels.org
Contact: Peter Karim Ben Embarek (Tel: +41 22 791 4204 - E-mail: benembarekp@who.int)

New publications available on the web

INFOSAN Information note No. 2/2008 - Antimicrobial Resistance in Food Animals available in the six WHO official languages at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/infosan_archives/en

INFOSAN Information Note No. 3/2008 - Food Safety and Nutrition During Pregnancy and Infant Feeding available in the six WHO official languages at: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/fs_management/infosan_archives/en

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