Future Action on Food Safety in the Pacific: A FAO/SPC/WHO Meeting
The joint FAO/SPC/WHO Meeting on Future Action on Food Safety in the Pacific was held in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, from 28-31 May 2004. The meeting was attended by 18 temporary advisers who were drawn from 13 countries and areas of the Pacific, as well as a temporary adviser from Malaysia and two resource persons from New Zealand and the United States of America.
The objectives of the meeting were to establish recommendations regarding:
- a mechanism for sharing expertise and coordinating the development of food safety laws, regulations and standards in accordance with Codex guidance;
- a system for the coordinated gathering and sharing of information on food contamination in the Pacific;
- options that Pacific island countries and areas may consider to enhance foodborne disease surveillance systems; and
- the core competencies required of food inspectors and guidance on training of inspectors.