In February 2012 the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos holds an international health conference in Davos, Switzerland. The first GRF One Health Summit 2012 will contribute to advancing the concept of “One Health”, striving for intensive collaboration among all stakeholders related to public health. Such an approach acknowledges the systemic interconnections of human, animal and environmental health in close relation with food safety and security and will ensure sustainable public health in an era of climate change, resource depletion, land degradation, hunger and socio-economic development challenges.
The call for contributions for the GRF One Health Summit 2012 is now open. You are invited to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation relating to the topics of the conference. Representatives from the medical sciences, natural and social sciences, the health workforce as well as the pharma-, food- and insurance-industry are particularly addressed to register.
For further information please visit http://onehealth.grforum.org
The TAFS forum is involved in the planning and organization of the conference. We are currently working out what exactly our role will be.
They arrived as guests at our latest meeting and left as new members: TAFS warmly welcomes Caspar von der Crone from the European Egg, Poultry and Game Association (EPEGA) and Dr. Hugo Seemer from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH. We look forward to working with you towards healthier animals and safer food.
TAFS member A. Aguzzi reports in a recent paper about very efficient transmission of prions by aerosols. This important study adds airborne-transmission to the previous list of (natural or experimental) transmission pathways: food, blood, milk, saliva, feces and urine.
In addition to the recently published full position paper on a potential relaxation of the feed ban, TAFS has posted today a shortened and simplified version for those who only want to know about the key arguments and take home message. As the full version, the short one is available at http://www.tafsforum.org/tse.html.
TAFS has published a new position paper, discussing the pros and cons of a potential relaxation of the feed ban that was introduced in the EU and elsewhere to break the BSE infection cycle. The paper lists key requirements that would need to be met before the feed ban for non-ruminants could be relaxed. As these requirements are currently not met TAFS concludes that maintenance of the ban is the only means to drive the level of risk towards zero.
The paper can be downloaded from the TAFS website at http://www.tafsforum.org/tse.html.
On October 14, the European Financial Times will come with an insert, a 'briefing' of 96 pages on food security. TAFS and its activities are presented on page 42-43. The briefing will also be available at www.feedingthefuture.eu.
TAFS will participate in the China International Food Safety & Quality Conference + Expo in Shanghai, November 10-11, 2010. See http://www.chinafoodsafety.com/conference_e.htm for further details. On November 11, we will present our platform in a breakout session (session L, starting at 1:30 pm) under the title "The TAFS Forum - A Platform for Collaboration Across Borders and Sectors". Come and meet us there.
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