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World Health Day Highlights Food Safety

April 8, 2015

World Health Organization (WHO) highlights the challenges and opportunities related food safety during the celebration of the World Health Day on April 7, 2015. This year's theme is "From farm to plate, make food safe."

"Food production has been industrialized and its trade and distribution have been globalized," said WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan. "These changes introduce multiple new opportunities for food to become contaminated with harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemicals... A local food safety problem can rapidly become an international emergency. Investigation of an outbreak of foodborne disease is vastly more complicated when a single plate or package of food contains ingredients from multiple countries," Dr. Chan added.

WHO also released the initial findings of the analysis of the global burden of foodborne diseases, being conducted by WHO's Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG). Complete results are expected to be released in October 2015.

Read the news release from World Health Organization.