Safe Food International


Safe Food International Conference
Geneva, Switzerland
June 8–10, 2005

The Safe Food International Conference, Crafting A Public Health Agenda for Modern Food Safety Systems, will take place in Geneva, Switzerland (June 8–10, 2005) at the World Health Organization (WHO).

Safe Food International is an initiative of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a non-profit consumer advocacy group in Washington, DC. The Geneva Conference is sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the International Association of Consumer Food Organizations (IACFO).

This landmark conference will mark the first formal discussion among consumer organizations about developing universal standards to strengthen national food safety control services and help prevent food emergencies.  It will take the growing concern among consumer organizations worldwide about the safety of their food and channel that concern into a consensus document for monitoring and improving national food safety systems.

As crucial stakeholders, consumer organizations play an important and constructive role in building stronger food safety control systems. Non-government organizations from around the world have already been contacted and many have expressed interest in participating, including groups from India, Benin, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, Uganda, Zambia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Peru, Uruguay, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, China, Fiji, Japan, Malaysia, Samoa and Viet Nam.

A draft document entitled Guidelines for Consumer Organizations to Promote Food Safety in their National Governments can be viewed on the Safe Food International website in English, French, and Spanish.

To attend: Please submit an application form, which is available on the website. Limited funding for travel may be available for participants from developing countries.