food safety

Understanding Food Safety

Global Food Safety Curricula Initiative

Ensuring food safety around the world has been identified as a key public health priority, essential to health protection and economic development. Institutions around the world are training students to do just that, and the GFSCI will bring them closer together by defining and certifying a core curriculum that will ensure the best practices are being met and applied to food safety, whether loca, regional or global.

Supported by the Global Food Safety Partnership, facilitated by the World Bank and led by the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST), the Global Food Safety Curricula Initiative (GFSCI) is an ambitious project which will add the power of education to ensuring food safety on a global level. The process is already underway. IUFoST’s multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach brings together scientists and industry experts from many fields from around the world to assess the core competencies needed at each level with partners across academia, industry and government.

Two global surveys will benchmark the status of food safety programs around the world. The first has been launched. Join us in this work and complete the survey.

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“With increasing liberalization of trade, human food products, animal feed, and Ingredients incorporated in to both, are being globally distributed. Often food products contain components from processors in numerous countries highlighting the need for harmonized and equivalent standards. Food is only as safe as the standards of the weakest players in the food chain and no country is immune, pathogens and chemical contaminants do not respect national boundaries. The longer the food chain and the more players in the food chain, the more opportunities for things to go wrong, or for criminal adulteration to occur, exist with resulting adverse health consequences for consumers. Intensification of farming and industrialization of the food industry and global distribution have meant that, when things go wrong, the problem is rapidly disseminated…” (Patrick Wall)

“We need to bring about a paradigm shift in policy formulation from attention to food security at the aggregate level to nutrition security at the level of each child, woman and man. Nutrition security can be defined as physical economic and social access to balanced diet, safe drinking water, environmental hygiene, primary health care  and primary education. Thus, it involves both food and non-food factors from the point of view of professional and public action…” (M.S. Swaminathan)


(Excerpt from Program “Food For Health and Wellbeing; 14th World Congress of Food Science & Technology 2008, Shanghai, China)

Food Safety is a scientific discipline that describes the issues evident with the production and distribution of Food. Community Nutrition Security Systems can help nations achieve the objectives of the UN Millennium Development Goals in relation to hunger and disease prevention.

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 Building on the success of the previous forums, in April 2012 the third International Forum on Food Safety attracted international participants from industry, academia and administration on the theme ‘Ensuring Food Safety, Meeting Global Challenge’. The urgent task was focused on making the shift for food safety supervision in China from ‘defect analysis of the final products’ to ‘systematic approach along the whole food value chain’. The accompanying workshop on Chemical and Biological Hazards provided the high-level practical application to the Forum. With support from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, WHO, FAO, ICMSF and ILSI, and industry sponsors, the Forum has made tremendous progress towards the aim of establishing a high level food safety think tank in China.

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