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.
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.
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.
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: