The World Health Organization (WHO) has set out a plan that it hopes will help reduce the burden of foodborne disease.

WHO officially launched its food safety strategy for 2022 to 2030 this week and pledged support for countries to implement it. The agency was asked to update a 2002 document in 2020.

Every year, one in 10 people globally fall ill due to foodborne diseases and 420,000 die. Contaminated food can cause over 200 diseases, and the public health burden is comparable to malaria or HIV AIDS. Children under 5 years old are at higher risk, as one in

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Officials from Europe and Africa have given their thoughts on a recently adopted international food safety plan that has set targets to reduce foodborne disease.

In a health talk on June 8, Sandra Gallina, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety at the EU Commission, and Amare Ayalew, of the African Union Commission, spoke about the World Health Organization’s Global Strategy for Food Safety.

World Food Safety Day 2022 came 10 days after adoption of the updated strategy for 2022-2030.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said food should be a source of nourishment and enjoyment but far too often it

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The implementation of a new global food safety strategy will be a challenge, according to a member of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Technical Advisory Group on Food Safety.

Yongning Wu, from the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, said countries are at different stages with their national food safety systems and a tailored approach would be needed. Foodborne disease surveillance in many nations is managed by the health sector and there can be limited links with food safety authorities and testing laboratories.

Delegates at the 75th World Health Assembly recently adopted the Global Strategy for Food Safety
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has published two reports from meetings of a group working on its revised food safety strategy.

WHO’s food safety strategy for 2022 to 2030 will be taken up by the 75th World Health Assembly in May. The FAO will also present an updated food safety strategy this year.

The first Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting was Feb. 8 to 10, 2021 and the second was in April on 19, 22 and 23, 2021.

An initial meeting collected experts’ advice on the discussion paper for updating the 2002 WHO Global Strategy for Food Safety. It included
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A project in China has found the country improved its food safety control system from 2009 to 2019 and food did become safer.

China launched the food safety indicator pilot project in 2019, a decade after the food safety law came into force, to assess its effectiveness.

During a kick-off workshop, six indicators were selected from 40 listed by FAO Asia Pacific and five technical working groups were established to work on them.

Indicators help analyze existing systems, standards and frameworks, identify areas for improvement and determine the future direction for food safety in China, according to a project report
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A coalition dedicated to food safety has been unveiled at a session of the United Nations Food Systems pre-Summit.

The summit, planned for September, has five action tracks with the first one about ensuring access to safe and nutritious food for all. The pre-summit took place across three days at the end of July.

The launch was announced by Pawan Agarwal and Delia Grace, in the session moderated by Caroline Smith DeWaal, deputy director at EatSafe at Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, that had more than 160 people in attendance.

The Coalition for Action for Safe Food for All is
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A pilot project has backed up the potential to use food safety indicators to strengthen national control systems but found results are not comparable between countries.

Several countries in Asia Pacific asked the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to provide guidance on the development of food safety indicators.

The four countries that piloted development of the indicators are Bhutan, China, Cook Islands and the Philippines. They vary in their capacities and were chosen to show how such indicators are an approach that can be scalable to different realities. Findings from the project were published before a
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