Developing countries have been urged to move quickly on the life-saving issues of food safety and quality. Speaking yesterday at the opening of the Codex Alimentarius Commission , Gro Harlem Brundtland, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Hartwig de Haen, assistant director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), stressed that the situation is urgent, as two million children die annually from contaminated food and water in developing countries.