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7th June: World Food Safety Day

7 Jun 2019 11:00:00

FAO’s Work on Food Safety

With some 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses annually, and around 420,000 deaths, unsafe food represents a threat to human health, as well as to economies. Consumers have the right to expect that food available on domestic markets is safe.

On 20 December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming the observance of World Food Safety Day.  Starting in 2019, every 7 June will be a time to celebrate the countless benefits of safe food. On this occasion, take a look below for publications on FAO’s work on food safety, aimed at reducing foodborne illness, supporting economic development and trade, and strengthening livelihoods and food security.

FAO/WHO Framework for the Provision of Scientific Advice on Food Safety and Nutrition
This document has been prepared to enhance the transparency of the practices and procedures applied by FAO and WHO to deliver scientific advice. It illustrates that the same basic principles and rules apply to the different expert groups.

Food Safety Risk Analysis
FAO and WHO have developed this guide to assist food safety regulators' understanding and use of risk analysis in national food safety frameworks. The primary audience is food safety officials at the national government level. The publication provides essential background information, guidance and practical examples of ways to apply food safety risk analysis.

Trade and Food Standards
Focuses on the relationship between food standards and trade to raise awareness of international food standards. The publication opens with a presentation of the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius and the WTO agreements that regulate the application of food standards for trade. It highlights the need to invest in domestic capacities, and the importance of coordinating agriculture, health and trade authorities.

The Science of Food Standards
Showcases the steps the Codex Alimentarius has taken from July 2016 (CAC39) to July 2017 (CAC40) on the road to safe and quality food for everyone. Over the course of the year, the twelve technical and six regional committees met to discuss updates to the international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice.

Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia Coli (STEC) and Food
Proposes a set of criteria for categorising the potential risk of severity of illness associated with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in food. Targeting interventions appropriately relies on identifying those strains of greatest risk to human health and determining the types of foods that cause such infections.

Understanding Codex
The Codex Alimentarius is a collection of international food standards adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, established in the 1960s by the FAO and WHO, that cover all the main foods as well as material used in the further processing of food. Now in its fifth edition, this is a useful tool to introduce the Codex and its collection of international food standards to the public.

You can see the full list of available FAO titles on the Eurospan Bookstore now. 

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For Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 (4-10 February), organisers Place2Be are encouraging children, young people and adults to take steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out.

“When we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies – our physical wellbeing – through food, being active and getting enough sleep. However, in order to be healthy overall, it’s important that we look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too”.

We believe it is so important to support conversations with children about mental health and to help them understand and deal with their emotions. One of the ways adults can do this is through reading so this year we’re highlighting three forthcoming books from Magination Press.

Created in 1987 and acquired as an imprint of the American Psychological Association in 1997 their ethos as a publisher is to produce innovative books to help children deal with the many challenges and problems they face as they grow up. The subject matter of their books range in topics from coping with anxiety to standing up to bullying and all include a ‘note to parents and caregivers’, written by mental health professionals. 


You Are Your Strong
Danielle Dufayet
Illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin
Mar 2019 32pp
9781433829390 Hardback
Soothing and empowering, You Are Your Strong reassures kids that they can handle big emotions and highlights the benefit of developing inner strength and confidence. With diverse characters and scenes featuring a range of different family relationships, this book shows kids that they will have help along the way to being strong and in control.

My Whirling Twirling Motor
Merriam Sarcia Saunders
Illustrated by Tammie Lyon
Mar 2019 32pp
9781433829369 Hardback
Charlie feels like he has a whirling, twirling motor running inside him all the time and sometimes he just can't settle. When his mum wants to talk to him, he figures he's in trouble - but she has a surprise for him instead! Includes a note with more information on ADHD, behaviour management, and helping children focus on the positives.

A Feel Better Book for Little Tears
Holly Brochman & Leah Bowen
Illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez
Jun 2019 32pp
9781433830310 Hardback
This rhyming book will help kids identify what it feels like to be sad and what they can do to respond to it. The book lets kids know that it's perfectly normal to feel sad - but offers a gentle reminder that the feelings won't last for forever. 

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The Singapore Bicentennial in 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival in Singapore – a key milestone in its rich and storied history.

But, as the SG200 Collection shows, this is not where Singapore's story began. The Bicentennial celebration uses 2019 as a jumping off point to explore over 700 years of Singaporean history. Throughout 2019, locations across Singapore will be exploring and celebrating Singapore's past with a variety of cultural events, from art exhibitions to light shows, augmented reality trails to parades.

NUS Press is supplementing this with the introduction of the SG200 Collection, a group of books both new and existing which present a well-rounded, insightful, and engaging look at the long and varied life of Singapore. From its role in the regional long-distance maritime trade from 1300 onwards, through its 17th century commerce history, right up to its history as an occupied land in World War II, the SG200 collection brings together a variety of sources, texts, and perspectives to demonstrate the incredible lifespan of Singapore.

Admiral Matelieff's Singapore and Johor, 1606–1616
Edited by Peter Borschberg
2016 260pp
9789814722186 Paperback
Few authors have as much to say about Singapore and Johor in the early 17th century as Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge (c.1570-1632). This admiral of the Dutch East India Company sailed to Asia in 1605. During his Asian voyage and on his return to Europe in September 1608, Matelieff penned a series of letters and memorials in which he provided a candid assessment of trading opportunities and politics in Asia.

Home Is Not Here
Wang Gungwu
2018 216pp
9789814722926 Hardback
One of Asia's most important public intellectuals, Wang Gungwu is best-known for his explorations of Chinese history in the long view, and for his writings on the Chinese overseas. In this book the historian of grand themes turns to the intimate scale of a single life history: his own.
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Jacques de Coutre's Singapore and Johor, 1594-c.1625
Edited by Peter Borschberg
2015 144pp
9789971698522 Paperback
The Flemish gem trader Jacques de Coutre visited Southeast Asia in the early 17th century, and his lengthy account of his experiences provides a glimpse of Singapore, Johor and the Straits of Melaka. This special edition is designed to provide a glimpse of this tumultuous region when it was still controlled by local rulers, and Western colonialism was just gaining a foothold.

The Japanese Occupation of Malaya and Singapore, 1941-45
A Social and Economic History, Second Edition
Paul H. Kratoska
2018 446pp, 29 illustrations, 9 maps
9789971696382 Paperback
Using surviving administrative papers, oral materials, intelligence reports and post-war accounts by Japanese officers, this book presents a picture of life in occupied Malaya and Singapore. First published in 1998, this updated edition incorporates information from newly translated Japanese documents and other recent discoveries.

Journal, Memorials and Letters of Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge
Security, Diplomacy and Commerce In 17th-Century Southeast Asia
Edited by Peter Borschberg
2015 688pp, 70 illustrations & maps
9789971695279 Hardback
Admiral Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge, a Director in the Rotterdam chamber of the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC), set sail from the Dutch Republic in 1605. After his return to the Netherlands he wrote a series of epistolary reports and memoranda. Here translated into English for the first time, this collection of treaties, reports and excerpts from Matelieff's travelogue will be of great interest to students of Southeast Asian and early colonial history.

Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea, 1300-1800
John N. Miksic
2014 300pp
9789971695583 Paperback
The overland Silk Road linking China with West Asia and Europe is a famous and fabled trade route. The sea route that was its alternative was arguably more significant, both historically and economically, and holds the greatest potential for understanding the great movements of people, ideas and goods in Asia.

Studying Singapore Before 1800
Edited by Kwa Chong Guan, Peter Borschberg
Jan 2019 600pp
9789814722742 Paperback
Historians rely on Singapore's strategic position to explain its great success as a royal trading port in the 14th century, and as a British colony after 1819. What, then, accounts for the many centuries when it seemed not to thrive? This volume collects studies about Singapore before 1800, bringing together different efforts across the 20th century at reconstructing Singapore's 'missing years'.

World War II Singapore
The Chosabu Reports on Syonan
Edited by Greg Huff & Shinobu Majima
2018 520pp
9789814722629 Hardback
For forty-four months during World War II, the Japanese occupied Singapore, setting out to drastically change life on the island. As part of the occupation, the Japanese produced detailed reports on the economy. The reports were notoriously difficult to read, and so this exceptional translation by Gregg Huff and Shinobu Majima is a true linguistic accomplishment.

All the books within the SG200 collection, along with a wide variety of NUS Press titles, are available on the bookstore now. 

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Six illustrators and artists, representing six different regions of the world, are sharing their vision of Zero Hunger to spread key messages of the FAO’s mandate.

These beautiful illustrations were unveiled during World Food Week 2018 (15th October) in an effort to raise awareness and help the FAO achieve their overarching goal of ‘Working for Zero Hunger’. Each artist has taken an important message and translated it into a colourful and striking illustration to decorate t-shirts, mugs, notebooks and canvas tote bags. Representing a different continent as well as a cross-cultural view of the world, each illustrator creates his or her work in spaces that defy simple definitions of place or identity, while still remaining deeply rooted in culture of origin. The artists have a strong and personal commitment to better our world.

About the Artists:

The right to food is a human right.

Diana Ejaita, of Nigerian parentage, was chosen to represent Africa. She is a designer and artist whose work draws on the centuries-old Nsibidi system of symbols and ideograms, indigenous to Southeast Nigeria. As a child of migration, she is driven by the issues of colonial and post-colonial effects, discrimination and identity.    

Save food.

Nik Neves, who represents Latin America, was born in Brazil. He is an illustrator, publisher and comic artist who has worked for National Geographic, Rolling Stone and more. His fresh, colourful and engaging drawings, which range from food to mind maps to machines, reflect an incessant curiosity about the world that we live in and how we relate to it.

Small farmers feed the world.

Ying Hui Tan, born in Malaysia, represents Asia. A children’s picture book illustrator, she is deeply inspired by nature and animal-related themes and her work is infused with colour and light, reflecting the themes of love and kindness that she seeks to share. She combines traditional painting with digital techniques. 

Migration should be a choice, not a necessity.

Zoulikha Bouabdellah, who grew up in Algiers, represents the Middle East and North Africa. She creates installations, videos and drawings that deconstruct dominant representations to reflect upon culture, geopolitics, industrialization and the status of women. She has been awarded the Abraaj Capital and Prix Meurice prizes for her work.

Our climate is changing – your choices matter.

Fernando Del Hambre, representing Europe, is a Spanish illustrator, art director, animator and independent publisher, whose quirky and colourful artwork situates him on the threshold between the familiar and the alien, the artificial and the natural. His illustrations have already featured in work for FAO and UNESCO. 

Be the Zero Hunger Generation.

Gary Taxali, representing North America, is of Indian-Canadian origins. He makes mixed-media works and paintings with a retro aesthetic, narrating his “preoccupation of constant paradoxes such as human relationships, love, isolation […] economic despair and frustration.” In 2012, Canada minted quarters featuring six of his designs.

To view the six sets of FAO products available for purchase, download the catalogue here. Products can be purchased by sending an email to FAO-shop@fao.org

FAO publications on Zero Hunger available on the bookstore now:

Towards Zero Hunger – 1945-2030

Family Farming: Meeting the Zero Hunger Challenge

Implementing 2030 Agenda for Food and Agriculture

Available to pre-order:

Future Smart Food

The right to food is a human right ©FAO/Diana Ejaita  

Save food ©FAO/Nik Neves


Small farmers feed the world ©FAO/Ying Hui Tan

Migration should be a choice, not a necessity ©FAO/Zoulikha Bouabdellah

Our climate is changing – your choices matter ©FAO/Fernando Del Hambre

Be the Zero Hunger Generation  ©Gary Taxali

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