food safety

‘Urbanization is changing the way we are living’ and eating says FAO expert

Basic rules such as “keeping your hands clean and cooking food thoroughly” contribute to food safety, but when someone is living in a place with poor sanitation or where food insecurity is a reality, “it’s hard to make good choices”. That’s according to David Massey, Communications Specialist at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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‘Shared responsibility’ to stop 420,000 needless deaths from tainted food each year, UN, world leaders warn

Each year, food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins or chemicals cause more than 600 million people to fall ill, and 420,000 to die worldwide, prompting a call from world leaders on Tuesday for greater international cooperation to make the food chain safer.

Children under five account for one third of deaths from foodborne diseases – new UN report

Diarrhoeal diseases are responsible for more than half of all foodborne diseases globally and of all those who fall ill after consuming contaminated food, 420,000 people die – almost third of them children under the age of five, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today in its first ever report on the issue.

New UN report outlines top 10 food-borne parasites of greatest global concern

A new report released today by two United Nations agencies identifies a “top 10” of food-borne parasites with the greatest global impact, including those found in pork, fish, fresh produce, fruit juice and milk, among other foods.