WHO Health Talk: Facilitating Food Traceability for Inclusive and Sustainable Development
Food safety is one of the most dangerous threats to public health, and creates significant inequalities in accessing safe, nutritious diets, particularly among the poor and vulnerable. The new WHO strategy highlights several drivers of change. Among those, access to traceability systems holds the potential to provide benefits for food and agricultural markets, including mitigating food safety risks, improving market access, and increasing productivity gains. Although globally integrated food systems have driven the trend for adoption of traceability, there are numerous barriers to adopting it, especially in low-middle income countries (LMIC). In addition to placing LMIC at a competitive market disadvantage, it raises the risks of food contamination and fraud for consumers. In this health talk, we would like to address traceability as a response system, and risk management options to address foodborne risks brought about by transformation and changes in global food systems and movement of food. We will explore the experience in the introduction, adoption, and implementation of traceability systems, as well as the challenges and opportunities to support traceability system to achieve inclusive and sustainable development goals.
Lourdes Martinez Romero
Center for Nutrition Director
Ethiopia Food and Drug Authority