Access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances can cause more than 200 different diseases – ranging from diarrhoea to cancers. Around the world, an estimated 600 million - almost 1 in 10 people – fall ill after eating contaminated food each year, resulting in 420 000 deaths and the loss of 33 million healthy life years (DALYs).
66顺彩票appFood safety, nutrition and food security are closely linked. Unsafe food creates a vicious cycle of disease and malnutrition, particularly affecting infants, young children, elderly and the sick. In addition to contributing to food and nutrition security, a safe food supply also supports national economies, trade and tourism, stimulating sustainable development. The globalization of food trade, a growing world population, climate change and rapidly changing food systems have an impact on the safety of food. WHO aims to enhance at a global and country level the capacity to prevent, detect and respond to public health threats associated with unsafe food.
1 in 10 people
after eating contaminated food worldwide
420 000 people
die every year
due to eating contaminated food globally, of which 125 000 are children under 5 years of age.
US$ 110 billion
lost each year
in productivity and medical expenses resulting from unsafe food in low- and middle income countries