Food safety workshop held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on September 29-30


A successful joint WHO/FAO national intersectoral workshop on prevention and control of foodborne and zoonotic infections was conducted in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on 29-30 September 2016 bringing together around 30 participants representing health and agriculture sectors from central and regional levels.

Presenters came from WHO and FAO regional offices and ministries of health and agriculture in Uzbekistan. Participants - policy makers, microbiologist and epidemiologists - actively engaged in discussions including an interactive case-study on an outbreak of a foodborne zoonosis that addressed outbreak investigation and response as well as risk and crisis communication.

Effective and efficient prevention and control of foodborne and zoonotic infections in humans relies on applying a One Health approach and a risk-based "whole food chain" approach. Good intersectoral and interdisciplinary cooperation, collaboration, and communication is crucial.

It was concluded that the workshop contributed to encourage and further strengthen such approaches and intersectoral collaboration in Uzbekistan.