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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. 

Eurospan Cooks: Pulses

4 Dec 2018 11:30:00

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The nights are drawing in and it's cold outside... What better way to prepare for winter than with this lovely, illustrated collection of recipes from around the world? From Cuba to Pakistan, there's something in Pulses to warm all palates and suitable for multiple dietary requirements.

Pulses from the Food and Agriculture Orgnization of the United Nations (FAO) is a handy and straighforward collection of more than 30 recipes for pulses from around the world. And if you think this simply means baked beans or daal, then you have a pleasant suprise coming, as the books walks us through traditions and flavours from every continent. Pulses are a great tasty way to get your protein, without sacrificing either your wallet or your waistline, and the lovely illustrations throughout the book plus commentary from the contributing chefs make for a fascinating read as you cook.

Feeling in need of some Latin warmth, we tried the classic Cuban-style Picadillo sauce. Combining black beans, onions, garlic, chili, capers, raisins, olives, tomatoes and lots of cumin, this is a crowd-pleaser that goes perfectly with rice, as an acompaniment to a main meat dish, or just by itself. 

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July 2018 sees the release of two of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations’ key biennial flagship reports.

The State of the World’s Forests 2018
and The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018 both provide a thorough look at the global challenges and goals faced by the world’s ecosystems and livelihoods – crucially, this year’s editions examine their respective sectors’ progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The State of the World’s Forests 2018 shines a light on the profound interlinkages that exist between forests and trees and multiple goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Bringing together evidence from a wide range of scientific sources, the analysis indicates how forests are critical to the livelihoods of the world’s poorest people and confirms the vital importance of healthy and productive forests to sustainable agriculture. It provides proof of the significance of forests and trees for water quality, climate and biodiversity, for future energy needs and for designing sustainable, healthy cities.

SOFO draws on eight case studies in countries across continents, describing how actions and landscape approaches that simultaneously address forests, agriculture, food, land use, and rural and national development have led to progress.

Moving away from land, The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018 also provides in-depth assessment of the 2030 agenda, examining and emphasising the fisheries and aquaculture sector's role and measuring progress towards these goals. It highlights just how crucial the fishery & aquaculture sector is for the food, nutrition, and employment of millions of people globally, and assesses the levels of fish production, human consumption, and wastage reduction.

Furthermore, SOFIA acknowledges and explores the challenges still faced by the sector moving forwards, including biological sustainability, tackling animal diseases, and maintaining accurate national statistics in support of policy development.

These two flagships represent the most accurate explorations and assessments of their respective sectors, providing coverage that examines the social, economic, and environmental factors and is both extensive and in-depth in its scope. Both flagship reports will be available from the Eurospan Bookstore in the six official United Nations languages – English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and Chinese.

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