Global Food Safety

VM 824

Global Food Safety

Semester: Fall

This course will cover the hazards, risks, and control that affect food safety, with a specific focus on global developments. Since a very significant proportion of most countries food supply is imported, it is really no longer possible to discuss food safety only at a national level. Major topics will include global distribution of food commodities; international trade of food commodities; international supply chain management; private and public food safety standards in a global context; global governance of food including international regulatory and advisory organizations, including a description of WHO and FAO activities; foodborne disease control in national, regional and contexts; social and cultural implications for foodborne disease control, including analysis of the US-EU divide; historical framework of international agricultural development, including analysis of the importance of collaboration of sectors such as Health and Agriculture; food scarcity; and food fraud. Finally the new, revolutionary potential of global detection and control of foodborne pathogens will be described.

3 Credits