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Foodborne diseases take a major toll on health. Millions of people fall ill and many die as a result of eating unsafe food. Deeply concerned by this, WHO Member States adopted a resolution in 2000 to recognize food safety as an essential public health function.

Food safety encompasses actions aimed at ensuring that all food is as safe as possible. Food safety policies and actions need to cover the entire food chain, from production to consumption.

Key publications...

Progress Report on Implementing the Western Pacific Regional Food Safety Strategy 2011-2015Progress Report on Implementing the Western Pacific Regional Food Safety Strategy 2011-2015 shortcut



The current progress report provides information on the state of implementation of the Western Pacific Regional Food Safety Strategy 2011-2015 at its midterm, recognizing that food control system development is an ongoing process.



Safety Evaluation of Certain Food AdditivesSafety Evaluation of Certain Food Additives shortcut



This volume contains monographs prepared at the seventy-ninth meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), which met in Geneva, Switzerland, from 17 to 26 June 2014.




Evaluation of Certain Food AdditivesEvaluation of Certain Food Additives shortcut



This report represents the conclusions of a Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee convened to evaluate the safety of various food additives, including flavouring agents, and to prepare specifications for identity and purity.




Multicriteria-based Ranking for Risk Management of Food-borne ParasitesMulticriteria-based Ranking for Risk Management of Food-borne Parasites shortcut



This report outlines the high burden of child maltreatment, its causes and consequences and the cost-effectiveness of prevention programmes. It makes compelling arguments for increased investment in prevention and, by offering policy-makers a preventive approach based on strong evidence and shared experience, it will help them respond to increased demands from the public to tackle child maltreatment.


Toxicological Evaluation of Certain Veterinary Drug Residues in FoodToxicological Evaluation of Certain Veterinary Drug Residues in Food shortcut



This volume contains monographs prepared at the seventy-eighth meeting of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), which met in Geneva, Switzerland, from 5 to 14 November 2013.




Safety Evaluation of Certain Food Additives and ContaminantsSafety Evaluation of Certain Food Additives and Contaminants shortcut



'Developmental Difficulties in Early Childhood' includes information from low- and middle-income countries on the conceptualization, epidemiology, prevention, detection, assessment and early management of the broad spectrum of developmental risk factors and developmental difficulties in children aged 3 years and under.



Pesticide Residues in Food - 2012Pesticide Residues in Food - 2012 shortcut



This package aims to help a variety of health and community workers to provide age-appropriate guidance to caregivers of young children for stimulating cognitive, language and social-emotional development through play and communication.




Pesticide Residues in Food - 2012