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Averting risks to the food chain

A compendium of proven emergency prevention methods and tools







Preventing animal disease and plant pest outbreaks and food safety incidents before they occur is essential to protecting the food chain. Most food chain crises are preventable with timely actions and the right investments. The Food Chain Crisis - Emergency Prevention System, known as FCC-EMPRES, is FAO’s approach to pursuing just that.

This publication, based on 23 FCC-EMPRES information sheets published on a monthly basis by the FCC Intelligence and Coordination Unit of the FAO Agricu lture and Consumer Protection Department, showcases some of the best practices currently in use. This publication promises to help experts, policy makers, national institutions, and development workers in our joint pursuit of a world without hunger. “Averting risks to the food chain” demonstrates that a coordinated response of everyone involved in producing, processing, marketing and consuming food is essential. The 23 FCC-EMPRES practices illustrated here show how better coordination makes a di fference in people’s lives and livelihoods. The multidisciplinary, collaborative and integrated approach encouraged by FCC-EMPRES ensures that information about threats to our food arrives to all people concerned from farm to table before the threats can spread and cross borders.



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    Threats to our food, whether in the form of pathogen, insect or contaminant, are now spreading faster and further than ever before. Propelled by an array of global trends, their rapid transmission, in particular from country to country, makes effective and timely response more difficult. To address the rising number of transboundary animal and plant pests and diseases (including those that afflict aquatic life and forests), food safety and radiation threats, FAO established the Food Chain Crisis – Emergency Prevention System (FCC-EMPRES). Since 2008, new technologies, tools, manuals and guidelines have been developed to facilitate the detection, early warning, monitoring and assessment of threats. Calling for an integrated and interdisciplinary approach, FCC-EMPRES sees the collaboration of experts in animal and aquatic health, food safety, plant, and forest protection, nuclear techniques applied to agriculture, emergency response, and communication, at global, regional and country lev els. FAO makes a new monthly information sheet and quarterly early warning bulletin available to support member countries and institutions with transboundary threats to the food chain. Related links: http://www.fao.org/food-chain-crisis/home/en/ Topics: Food chain crisis - Emergency Prevention System (FCC-EMPRES) Download: http://www.fao.org/3/b-i6538e.pdf
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    Averting risks to the food chain
    A compendium of proven emergency prevention methods and tools
    2019
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    The importance of prevention cannot be overestimated. In this environment of climate change and global marketing of agricultural products, transboundary diseases, pests, and threats to the food chain are increasing, so every effort must be made to prevent them from being introduced and spreading to new environments. Prevention can save lives, save livelihoods and save money. The purpose of this second edition of the Compendium of monthly FCC-EMPRES information sheets is to share lessons of the last two years on the prevention and control of high impact animal and aquatic diseases, plant and forest pests and diseases and food safety incidents. The Compendium outlines what FCC-EMPRES teams did, what they grasped, and what the challenges to managing transboundary threats are, so that other initiatives may benefit and build upon the knowledge and best practices shared in the stories.
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    FAO Quarterly Early Warning Bulletin for Food and Agriculture - No.16, July-September 2015 2015
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    The Quarterly Early Warning Bulletin for Food and Agriculture integrates information on food security and threats to the food chain for the three months ahead. It is a product of collaboration between the Emergency Prevention System (EMPRES) for transboundary animal and plant pests and diseases and food safety threats, the Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS), and the Intelligence and Coordination Unit of the Food Chain Crisis Management Framework (FCC). Data is provided by GIEWS and EMPRES.

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