07 April 2015 — Safety and Health

The OIV celebrates World Health Day

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Every year, the World Health Organization selects a priority area of global public health concern as the theme for World Health Day, which falls on 7 April, the birthday of the Organization.

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The theme for World Health Day 2015 is Food Safety, a theme of high relevance to all people on the planet, and multiple stakeholders, including government, civil society, the private sector, and intergovernmental agencies.

As our food supply becomes increasingly globalized, the need to strengthen food safety systems in and between all countries is becoming more and more evident. That is why the WHO is promoting efforts to improve food safety, from farm to plate (and everywhere in between) on World Health Day.

WHO helps countries prevent, detect and respond to foodborne disease outbreaks - in line with the Codex Alimentarius, a collection of international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice covering all the main foods and processes. Together with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), WHO alerts countries to food safety emergencies through an international information network.

To contribute to the safety of the consumers and take their expectations into account is one of the strategic axes of the new OIV Strategic Plan 2015-2019.

In this framework, the OIV participates to the food safety through its network of experts and in particular the works of the group of experts "Food Safety" which establishes opinions on the new proposed oenological practices and sets limits for certain contaminants.

Moreover, the OIV adopted, several Code of Good Practices in order to limit the presence of certain undesirable compounds in particular Ochratoxin A, biogenic amines and more recently a Code of good fining practices for wine to be applied in the use of proteinaceous wine fining agents with allergenic potential.