Asian food safety standards need overhaul, say FAO, WHO

May 28, 2004, as reported by The Asia-Pacific region of the world needs to overhaul their food safety standards according to the UN Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO). The declaration made at a recent conference citied recent food and livestock-related disease outbreaks as evidence of a broken system.

An FAO note on proceedings said the disease outbreaks are “symptomatic of food safety systems not working properly and of the lack of integrated mechanisms in the region - and often within individual countries - to predict potential outbreaks and organise rapid responses to prevent them.” The meeting was held at Seremban, Malaysia.

The FAO, the WHO and the Office International des Épizooties have launched a comprehensive database on animal health issues worldwide, covering all livestock