- Sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining l
ife, promoting good health
- Unsafe food containing h
armful bact eria, v iruses, para sites, and chemical substances can cause over 200 dis eases
- An estimated 420,000 people
die every year due to eating contaminated food; 125,000 of which are children below five years old
Are you sure that the food on your plate is safe? Well, you better be sure.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), unsafe food containing h
armful bact eria, v iruses, para sites, and chemical substances can cause a number of dis eases.
“Access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. Unsafe food containing h
armful bact eria, v iruses, para sites, and chemical substances can cause more than 200 different diseases–ranging from diarrhea to c ancers,” it noted.
“Around the world, an estimated 600 million–almost one in 10 people–fall i
ll after eating contaminated food each year, resulting in 420, 000 d eaths and the loss of 33 million healthy l ife years,” it added.
The international organization explained that food safety, nutrition, and food security are closely linked.
“Unsafe food creates a vicious cycle of di
sease and malnutrition, particularly affecting infants, young children, elderly, and the sick,” it further stated.
With this, a set of guidelines called “five keys to safer food” was launched:
“While food safety is a shared responsibility, individual consumers and food handlers play a huge role in preventing foodborne dise
ases. ‘Five keys to safer food’ messages were therefore developed, and validated by an independent body of international scientists, to empower all consumers worldwide with a simple and applicable set of actions to prevent foodborne di se ase,” the WHO stated.