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INFOSAN

Food safety authorities all over the world have acknowledged that ensuring food safety must not only be tackled at the national level but also through closer linkages among food safety authorities at the international level. This is important for exchanging routine information on food safety issues, sharing experiences and expertise and to have rapid access to information in case of food safety emergencies.

The International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) is is a joint initiative between World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This a global network includes of 177 member states. Each has a designated INFOSAN emergency contact point for communication between national food safety authorities and the INFOSAN secretariat regarding urgent events. The contact point for Greece is Hellenic Greek Authority (E.F.E.T.), Directorate of Laboratory Control, Depatrment of Emergency Risks.

The network aims to:

 

  • Promote the rapid exchange of information during food safety related events
  • Share information on important food safety related issues of global interest
  • Promote partnership and collaboration between countries
  • Help countries strengthen their capacity to manage food safety risks


As part of its routine activities, INFOSAN publishes Information Notes, in the six official WHO languages, to provide its members with summaries on relevant food safety issues. Guidance is being developed on a number of topics related to food safety emergency response and management.

INFOSAN also facilitates the exchange of food safety information and experience among its members. In collaboration with the WHO Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN), training is provided on the reporting of international food safety events to the global community.

To help respond to country requests for assistance during food safety emergencies. INFOSAN Emergency partners with:


a) the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN).
b) the Global Early Warning System for Major Animal Diseases, including Zoonoses (GLEWS)

EFET is the national contact point for Greece since 2009. 

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