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FAO/WHO guide for application of risk analysis principles and procedures duringfood safety emergencies










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    Exposure Assessment of Microbiological Hazards in Food. Guidelines. Microbiological Risk Assessment Series (MRA) 7 2008
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    The process of developing exposure assessment guidelines was initiated at a workshop held in Seattle, Washington, United States of America, from 5 to 9 December 2001. The workshop participants were scientists currently involved in exposure assessment of foodborne microbiological hazard in humans or animals. The document drafted during this workshop was subsequently reviewed by the workshop participants, and a revised draft prepared. This was then reviewed by another group of external peer review ers. The guidelines were finalized taking into account all comments received. These guidelines are part of a series of guidelines on microbiological risk assessment being prepared by FAO and WHO. Guidelines on Hazard Characterization for Pathogens in Food and Water have already been published as number 3 of this FAO/WHO Microbiological Risk Assessment Series. Guidelines on risk characterization are in preparation and will be published as number 13 in the FAO/WHO Microbiological Ri sk Assessment Series.
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    FAO/WHO Framework for the Provision of Scientific Advice on Food Safety and Nutrition 2007
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    This framework document describes the principles, practices and procedures currently applied by FAO and WHO for the provision of scientific advice through the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives, the Joint FAO/WHO Meetings on Pesticide Residues, the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meetings on Microbiological Risk Assessment, the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meetings on Pesticide Specifications, the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Nutrition and ad hoc expert consultations and meetings organized in response to specific ad hoc requests or emergency situations. It has been prepared to enhance the transparency of the processes and procedures used by FAO and WHO to deliver scientific advice in food safety and nutrition. The framework continues to be reviewed periodically and amended as appropriate, to take account of new developments and procedures as part of the process to continually improve the provision of scientific advice.
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    National stakeholder consultation on strengthening national capacity for risk-based food import control within One Health framework in Sri Lanka
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    2018
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    The consultation meeting “Strengthening national capacity for risk-based food import control within a One Health Framework” was held on 30 November 2017 at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The main objective of the consultation was to validate the information presented in the draft report entitled “National situation of imported food controls in Sri Lanka”, and to identify the priority actions to be considered while developing a roadmap for effective risk-based imported food control in the country. Thirty-two participants attended the consultation, including high-level officials from imported food control-relevant government agencies, stakeholder groups and resource people, provided input during the plenary and group discussions following the presentation of the national situation report. Group discussions were held on four focus areas: Sri Lanka Customs, Plant Quarantine, Animal Quarantine and Sri Lanka Standards Institution. Requirements identified by the Customs Department included improving the Customs database so that information can be shared with all of the relevant stakeholders, and establishing an alert system for high-risk foods. Plant and animal quarantine groups stated the need for upgrading laboratory capacities (both technical and human), strengthening pre-border requirements with required certificates, and providing guidance on the approval of certain commodities. Requirements required by the Sri Lanka Standards Institution included improving existing regulations and standards to address globally emerging food safety issues, conducting risk-based country profiling, setting up a unit for surveillance and import trade analysis, improving communication mechanisms by establishing information sharing systems among stakeholders on the results of the sample analysis and certification systems. In order to strengthen the existing imported food control system, immediate actions based on these requirements are recommended and include: 1) organizing training sessions on risk categorization for food safety competent authorities, quarantine officers and custom officials; and 2) ensuring the use of a risk categorization list, developing standard operating procedures for sampling and inspection at the borders and organizing training sessions on imported food inspection for relevant officials; and 4) developing a single-window, information-sharing system among relevant agencies and importers. A roadmap for effective risk-based imported food control in Sri Lanka has been drafted, and a consultation with relevant high-level stakeholder representatives to validate and agree on the roadmap is suggested as a next step.

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