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Food Safety April 26, 2011

1. U.S. Gains Permission to Once Again Export Live Swine to China U.S. swine breeders have welcomed news that China is to lift its ban on live pigs from the United States pending H1N1 influenza testing. "This is a tremendous announcement for our purebred swine breeders whose primary export market, before 2009, was China," said National Swine Registry CEO, Darrell Anderson. China has been closed to U.S. swine since April 2009, following the discovery of H1N1 virus in humans in the United States. The opening followed a request from the Veterinary Services of USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service requesting acceptance of temporary testing for H1N1 in order to resume exports. Chinese Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine responded with a letter to APHIS, saying they had agreed to accept temporary health testing for H1N1 and, based on this protocol, trade for US-origin live swine can resume. "We were watching some of our most important partners in China being forced to fill their swine needs with animals from Canada or elsewhere... In order to level the playing field, we knew the United States would have to implement testing as well in order to remain viable," said Anderson. 2. ญี่ปุ่นไฟเขียวมะม่ วงแช่ แข็งและอบแห้ งไทยแล้ ว ตามที่ญี่ปนได้ ุ่ ออกมาตรการตรวจสอบสาร Chlorpyrifos และ Propiconazole ในผลิตภัณฑ์ มะม่วงแช่แข็งและอบแห้ ง (Freeze-dried) จากไทย ทําให้ เป็ นอุปสรรคต่อการส่งออกผลิตภัณฑ์ มะม่วงดังกล่าว ต่อมาไทยได้ ออกมาตรการควบคุมสารตกค้ างทางการเกษตรสําหรับมะม่วงแช่แข็ง และอบแห้ ง (Freeze-dried) และยื่นเสนอต่อญี่ปนุ่ ซึง่ ญี่ปนได้ ุ่ สง่ คณะผู้เชี่ยวชาญมาตรวจประเมิน ในเดือนมกราคม 2554 ที่ผา่ นมา ซึง่ ผลออกมาเป็ นที่นา่ พอใจ ขณะนี ้ ญี่ปนได้ ุ่ แจ้ งไปยังด่านนําเข้ า


ของญี่ปนว่ ุ่ าให้ ยกเลิกการตรวจสาร Propiconazole ในสินค้ ามะม่วงแช่แข็งและมะม่วง Freezedried ที่ผลิตโดยบริษัท TIMFOOD Co.! ,Ltd และบริษัท Chantaburi Global Trade Co.,Ltd ของ ไทยได้ แล้ ว ส่วนกรณีของการตรวจสาร Chlorpyrifos ในสินค้ าที่ผลิตโดยบริ ษัทดังกล่าว สินค้ านัน้ จะต้ องมีใบรับรองเกี่ยวกับสาร Chlorpyrifos ที่ออกโดยรัฐบาลไทยประกอบ จึงจะสามารถยกเลิก การตรวจสาร Chlorpyrifos ในผลิตภัณฑ์นนได้ ั ้ โดยกําหนดให้ กลับไปใช้ กระบวนการตรวจสารเคมี ตามปกติตอ่ ไป ที่มา: มกอช.

3. International food risk communication center formed International food safety authorities have set up a new organization with the aim of creating a collective international resource providing communication materials about food risks along the supply chain. The organization, the International Center of Excellence in Food Risk Communication (ICEFRC), includes global food and health organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, and non-profit communication experts. The founding partners include four US-based organizations – the International Food Information Council Foundation, the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, and the United States Department of Agriculture – as well as Health Canada, and Food Standards Australia New Zealand. “In order to have effective food risk communication, stakeholders should share knowledge and understanding about potential risk in a manner that helps individuals make well-informed decisions,” the organization said on its website . “It is a practice that is relevant to situations encountered every day, such as weight management or washing your hands, as well as rare situations, such as intentional contamination of the food supply.”


The ICEFRC said its main goals are making enabling informed decisions about food safety, nutrition, and health by improving food risk communication; bringing together credible and influential authorities to increase their reach and effectiveness; and “contributing to the international body of knowledge on food risk communication”. Japan radiation risk The existence of the organization and its website (www.foodriskcommunications.org ) was announced on Thursday, and the first issue that is addressed on the site is international food safety following Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear emergency. The communication document includes a brief overview of international actions taken to protect the food supply from radiation risk and reiterates the World Health Organization’s caution against self-medication with potassium iodide or products containing iodine. The Washington, D.C.-based International Food Information Council (IFIC), a non-profit organization that has the stated aim of providing science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety, said it will work closely with other founding international partners as the primary facilitator of the center, and will manage its website.

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