International expert consultancy in food safety and animal health

Besides her position at Epi-interactive Petra Muellner provides her services on-demand as an International Consultant to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO). For example, she was previously tasked to support the FAO EMPRES Food Safety Team, based at FAO Headquarters in Rome, with their work on an early warning systems, which resulted in the publication of a new FAO training handbook. She has also supported the EMPRES Animal Health Team in their work on zoonotic influenza viruses.

Handbook summary:
Worldwide, food safety incidents can have a significant impact on public health, economies, agrifood trade, food security, and public confidence in the food supply. The prevention, mitigation, and management of food safety incidents globally can be enhanced through more effective early warning systems for food safety. Early warning systems help countries to better anticipate food safety threats and respond quicker through appropriate risk management actions. This publication provides a resource for countries to enhance their early warning capabilities and capacities. It emphasizes the need to build and connect links between existing food safety infrastructure (e.g. surveillance and food control) and to improve collaborative relationships among all of the different food chain stakeholders in order to protect public health and the food supply.

  Full handbook available here.