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Food safety
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Food safety


    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

    fall ill

    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

    Do you know how to keep your food safe?

    66顺彩票appThe 5 Keys to Safer Food

    The Five Keys to Safer Food explain the basic principles that each individual should know to prevent foodborne diseases.

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    Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme

    Codex Alimentarius

    66顺彩票appThe Codex Alimentarius, or "Food Code" is a collection of standards, guidelines and codes of practice adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The Commission is a joint intergovernmental body of FAO and WHO with 188 Member Countries and one Member Organization. Codex has worked since 1963 to create harmonized international food standards to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair food trade practices.

    Facts on food safety risks

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