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UN commission seeks to ensure food safety, protect consumer health

A United Nations commission that is the highest international body on food standards has begun examining new measures to ensure safer infant powdered formula and hygienic egg production in a bid to improve food quality and safeguard consumer health. Representatives from more than 100 countries and numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are meeting in Geneva this week for the annual session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a joint venture of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO). The Commission, which runs until 7 July, 2007 will be examining the 1981 standard on infant formula, which was based on scientific knowledge from the 1970s. The revised standard is based on the latest scientific understanding of the composition of breast milk. It is important to support breastfeeding and promote its benefits to infants and young children. While a major source of food in all countries, eggs and egg products are a significant contributor to salmonellosis, a major food borne disease.

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