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WHO released estimates of the global burden of foodborne diseases

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The World health Organisation (WHO) has released its first ever report on global estimates of foodborne diseases. The report is named as “Estimates of the global burden of foodborne diseases” – the most comprehensive report to date on the impact of contaminated food on health and well-being.

"Estimates of the global burden of foodborne diseases"

  • The report has been prepared after a decade of work, including input from more than 100 experts from around the world. Based on the available information, it is known that the global burden of foodborne diseases is considerable, affecting people all over the world – particularly children under 5 years of age and people in low-income areas.

Key Points of the report:

  • Burden of foodborne diseases is caused by 31 agents – bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins and chemicals and due to which almost 1 in 10 people fall ill every year from eating contaminated food and 420 000 die as a result.
  • Children under 5 years of age are at particularly high risk, with 125,000 children dying from foodborne diseases every year.
  • Certain diseases, such as those caused by non-typhoidal Salmonella, are a public health concern across all regions of the world.
  • Food prepared with unsafe water, poor hygiene and in inadequate conditions in food production and storage, etc are some of the other factors making to foodborne diseases.
  • WHO African and South-East Asia Regions have the highest burden of foodborne diseases, including among children under the age of 5 years.