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The future of food safety

First FAO/WHO/AU International Food Safety Conference, Addis, 12-13 February











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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. FAO recognizes that the ramifications of the cost of unsafe food go far beyond human suffering. FAO works with governmental authorities, with local industry and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that regardless of where the food is produced, consumers have the right to expect that the food they buy is safe and of the expected quality. This brochure includes examples of FAO’s work, and the importance of science-based decision-making and working together to build the world we want – a Zero hunger world.
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    Food security is commonly understood as the state when all people at all times have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, nutritious and safe food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Conceptually, food security is built upon four pillars including food availability, access, utilization and stability. Within this framework, food safety is often wrongly assumed as a given. However, in places where food supplies are insufficient, coping mec hanisms to address food insecurity are often primarily focused on access to food without due considerations for safety. Even in more food-secure countries, limited resources are diverted to ensure the safety of exported food products at the expense of food sold domestically. Individuals facing food insecurity are vulnerable to chemical, biological and other hazards in unsafe foods, which can pose serious, acute and chronic health risks (ranging from diarrhoea to cancer and even death).
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    Forests for improved nutrition and food security 2016
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    What is food security? FAO defines food security as a state where all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. The four pillars of food security are availability, access, utilization and stability. The nutritional dimension is integral to the concept of food security. What is a forest? A forest is an ecosystem dominated by trees and other woody vegetatio n. FAO defines a forest as a minimum of 1 ha in size, with at least 10 percent crown cover and with mature trees at least 2 m tall. The definition explicitly includes open woodlands, such as those found in the African Sahel.

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