Last update : 10/9/2020

Food Safety

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Introduction

Food safety is an important issue for Asia and the Pacific region, a region with highly diverse food culture and production systems. Veterinary Services are responsible for controlling pathogens in animals and work with numerous other stakeholders involved in food systems. They also play a key role in the investigation of, and response to, foodborne disease outbreaks which may be attributable to or involve animal products, including the implementation of control measures.

Activities in Asia and the Pacific Region

 

National Focal Points on Food Safety  

To better focus on the topic of animal production food safety within countries, the OIE Delegates from each of the OIE Members appoint a dedicated Focal Point for this topic. These Focal Points usually work in the Veterinary Authority and are encouraged to actively participate in the OIE standard setting process for work related to animal production food safety, as well as their implementation in their countries/territories.

Collaborating Centers

In Asia and the Pacific region, there are OIE Collaborating Centers on Food Safety, Food-Borne Parasites, and Animal Feed Safety and Analysis. Their role is to provide the OIE with the latest scientific information on these topics and to share their expertise with OIE members when relevant.

Multi-sectoral collaboration

A One Health approach is critical to ensure that the whole food production chain (farm-to-fork) is appropriately regulated and managed. Safe food production practices also reduces the risk of spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which is a global threat.

In Asia and the Pacific region, the OIE collaborates with the regional tripartite partners and World Food Programme (WFP) to promote multi-sectoral collaboration to improve food safety in the region. In May 2020, infographics on important food safety messages were developed jointly:

The above infographics are downloadable in multiple languages.

Related events

Relevant materials from members

  • Awareness video of trichinellosis from China(people’s rep.of) (in Chinese) (to be updated)
  • Awareness video of Brucellosis from China(people’s rep.of) (in Chinese)
  • Awareness video of Cysticercosis from China(people’s rep.of) (in Chinese) (to be updated) 
  • Awareness video of Echinococcosis from China(people’s rep.of) (in Chinese, in Tibetan)
  • Awareness video of Liver fluke from China(people’s rep.of) (in Chinese) (to be updated)

Other Resources and Materials

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