World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Gov't Doc #: EM/RC46/R.6 Agenda item 9 [a]
Type Of Publication : Regional Committee resolutions RC Resolution Fulltext The Regional Committee, Having discussed the technical paper and the regional action plan on food safety for the 21st century; Concerned about
hazards inherent in unsafe food, and the considerable magnitude of food-borne illnesses in the Region; Mindful of the important social and economic consequences of foodborne hazards; Noting the new challenges facing countries in the area of food safety; 1. ADOPTS the Regional Action Plan to Address Food Safety in the 21st century; 2. URGES Member States to: 2.1 Assess their current food safety infrastructure at national level and prepare a comprehensive country profile for food safety; 2.2 Establish or strengthen the national food safety committee or similar body, and make it operational to implement the national food safety programme; 2.3 Develop legislation and keep it up-to-date in accordance with the latest scientific developments; 2.4 Promote preventive food-safety management systems based on hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP); 2.5 Ensure effective education of food handlers and training of workers in food safety atters; 2.6 Carry out research and data collection, including foodborne disease surveillance and exchange information on food which does not comply with health standards; 3. REQUESTS the Regional Director to: 3.1 Assist countries in their efforts to implement national action plans on food safety; 3.2 Continue to provide timely information on emerging foodborne hazards; 3.3 Continue to assist countries and in particular the Ministers of Health, to participate more actively in the work of Codex Alimentarius to ensure its regional relevance; 3.4 Form a Regional Expert Committee on Food Safety to discuss food safety matters in the Region, prepare unified guidelines and work for the establishment of a Regional Centre for Food Safety.
Keywords: Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health,
( 1999).Food safety, World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean