FIGURE 5-2 INFOSAN links to all government sectors involved in food safety.

FIGURE 5-2 INFOSAN links to all government sectors involved in food safety.

SOURCE: Reprinted from WHO (2007c) with permission from the World Health Organization.

Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN)

Recognizing that food safety requires intersectoral collaboration among human health, veterinary, and food-related disciplines, the WHO developed the Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN) (formerly known as Global Salm-Surv, GSS) in order to enhance countries’ capacity to detect, respond, and prevent foodborne diseases (WHO, 2009c). The GFN promotes integrated, laboratory, and epidemiologically based foodborne disease surveillance, which is expanding to incorporate zoonotic diseases. It supports international training courses, external quality assurance programs, research projects, reference services, and communication platforms, and provides national and regional interdisciplinary intersectoral networks and national training courses through train-the-trainer concept.


Created in 1978 and financed by its 13 states, the MZCP (WHO, 2009b) fosters programs and activities for the prevention, surveillance, and control of zoonoses and foodborne diseases; strengthens collaboration between public health and animal health sectors; and promotes collaboration among countries. This program has achieved significant progress in bringing together the animal health and public health communities in countries in the Mediterranean region. Its training and capacity-building activities have included intersectoral surveillance of

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