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Gmos, Food Safety, And Foodborne Disease

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Recent developments in global food production, processing, distribution, and preparation are catalyzing research in food safety and foodborne disease to provide a safer global food supply. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes food safety as an "essential public health function" and argues that the "availability of safe food improves the health of people and is a basic human right". The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), like the WHO, provides advice and direction, from a food and agriculture perspective, that establishes priorities for genetically modified organism (GMOs) within current agricultural research needs and policies. Codex, created in 1963 by the FAO and WHO, develops food standards, guidelines, and codes of practice for protecting consumer health, ensuring fair trade practices, and promoting coordination of international food standards work. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) focuses on the economic, social, and governance challenges and opportunities presented by globalization.

Keywords: Codex Alimentarius; Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); food safety; foodborne disease; genetically modified organism (GMOs); OECD



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