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The future of food safety

There is no food security without food safety










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    The future of food safety
    First FAO/WHO/AU International Food Safety Conference, Addis, 12-13 February
    2019
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    This brochure presents FAO’s work on food safety and the recognition that ready access to safe and nutritious food is a basic human right. Food security is achieved when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to food that meets their dietary needs for an active and healthy life. Food safety plays a critical role across the four dimensions of food security – availability, access, utilization and stability. It is paramount that we find sustainable ways to cultivate, produce and consume safe and healthy foods while preserving our planet’s resources.
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    Sixth World Congress on Seafood Safety, Quality and Trade. Sydney, Australia, 14–16 September 2005. 2007
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    Fish and fish products are among the most traded food commodities: close to 40 percent by volume ends up in international markets. Yet around three-quarters of fish exports finish up in just three markets: the European Union, Japan and the United States of America. China is an increasingly important player both as an exporter and an importer. Consumers expect that the fish they have access to will be safe and of acceptable quality, regardless of where they are produced or ultimat ely consumed. This has given rise to issues regarding fish quality and safety, international trade, risk analysis and harmonization of standards. These and other issues are addressed in this document, which represents the proceedings of the Sixth World Congress on Seafood Safety, Quality and Trade held in Sydney, Australia from 14 to 16 September 2005.The Congress was held under the auspices of the International Association of Fish Inspectors, in collaboration with FAO and the Un ited Nations Industrial Development Organization.
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    Integrating food safety and nutrition in agri-food systems
    Near East and North Africa regional network on nutrition-sensitive agri-food systems - Technical Brief
    2021
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    Food safety and nutrition are inextricably linked, yet the importance of food safety in this relation is often overlooked. Improving food safety regulations and their implementation is essential to safeguard the health and good nutritional outcomes of the population. It is crucial to ensure that adequate food safety policy, food safety regulations, investments and implementing institutions are in place as improvements in nutrition cannot be achieved without food safety. There can be no healthy diets without food safety. The nutritious foods that contribute to healthy diets, such as fruits and vegetables, nuts, legumes, meat, dairy products, and fish are the most susceptible to food safety hazards. According to WHO, nearly one in ten people fall ill every year from eating unsafe food, with 420 000 dying as result and low-income countries being the most affected. Similarly, guidelines and regulations for good practices across food value chains should be promoted by official controls and extension services to ensure safe production, processing, storage, transportation and retailing of food products that are safe and of high nutritional quality. While the essence of food safety regulations is to protect consumer's health and promote fair trade practices, market access and income generation, other legitimate factors should also be taken into consideration, such as attitudes and adoption of good practices by food business operators and consumers acceptance. Furthermore, other goals include environmental sustainability, healthy soils, and clean water are important for sustainable production and consumption.

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