Food Safety

Foodborne disease and food contamination constitute a growing public health concern. WHO estimates that globally foodborne and waterborne diarrhoeal diseases cause the deaths of about 2.2 million people annually, 1.9 million of them children. In addition, chemical contamination causes a significant amount of foodborne disease

In 2011 Regional Committee Meeting, health representatives from countries in the Western Pacific Region endorsed the Western Pacific Regional Food Safety Strategy 2011-2015. Member States and countries were urged to use the strategy as a framework for strengthening the national food control systems to effectively protect public health, prevent fraud, avoid food adulteration and facilitate safe and healthy food.

The strategy also defines the work of the food safety programme in the WHO Western Pacific Region for the next five years.

The strategy is made up of seven (7) themes:

  • Improved food control and coordination throughout the food chain continuum and adequate funding;
  • Risk-based regulatory frameworks;
  • Improved availability of food safety data to better guide policy and risk analysis;
  • Inspection services;
  • Food safety training and education;
  • Capacity to detect, assess and manage food safety incidents and emergencies; and
  • Enhanced cooperative planning.

Publications and documents

Western Pacific Regional Food Safety Strategy 2011-2015

Health representatives to the Regional Committee meeting in 2011, from the Western Pacific Region, endorsed this Regional Food Strategy 2011-2015. The strategy is a framework for strengthening national food control systems in order to effectively protect public health, prevent fraud, avoid food adulteration and facilitate safe and healthy food

Dr. Maria Nerissa Dominguez
National Professional Officer
Food Safety
dominguezm@wpro.who.int

Our Partners

Department of Health
Food and Drug Administration
NMIS

WHO work in the Philippines

WHO Country Cooperation Strategy for the Philippines, 2011-2016

WHO Philippines Annual Report, 2011