Food Safety

The Food-borne diseases (FBDs) constitute a serious problem for the health of the population. Every day, cases of people who get diseases are reported due to the consumption of food contaminated by microorganisms and / or toxic chemicals, which can even cause death. These represent a serious threat to health, mainly affecting children under 5 years of age, pregnant women, immunosuppressed and elderly people.

What PAHO does

PAHO's Pan American Center for Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Veterinary Public Health (PANAFTOSA/VPH-PAHO/WHO) supports the countries of the Region of the Americas and the Caribbean, through scientific technical cooperation based on international food standards (Codex Alimentarius and International Health Regulations), to strengthen national systems and guarantee food safety. Generating and exchanging information in a multi-sectoral approach at national, regional and international levels, along the food chain, collaborating with governments, producers and consumers, to reduce the health, social and economic impacts associated with the occurrence of diseases Foodborne, including zoonoses.

Our mission is to provide technical cooperation to all countries of the Americas and the Caribbean to strengthen food safety systems, with consequent reduction in the risks of foodborne diseases.

Our vision is to be the regional reference organization for the solution of problems in food safety and quality for the countries, through innovative technical cooperation and with a high level of expertise, whose values are commitment, ethics and innovation.