Contaminated food for millions of diseases

In the European Region, 44 people are diagnosed per Minute of contaminated food, for of 4,700 people a year, the disease is fatal. The world health organization (WHO) reports. Experts believe that this is just the tip of the iceberg and the actual number of cases is much higher.

Diarrhoea pathogens to be the cause of foods are most commonly caused diseases, they make up about 94 percent. Particularly the Norovirus is widespread, with an estimated 15 million cases annually, followed by Campylobacter, with almost 5 million cases per year. The majority of the deaths caused by Salmonella, but infections with Campylobacter, norovirus, Listeria, and the Fox tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis) can be fatal. Small children and older people are at risk of food-borne diseases.

"Every country around the world, whether it be small or large, rich or poor, is affected by foodborne diseases, and the European Region is no exception. The extent of the problem is striking, and shows how important it is to prevent the food safety risks and to verringern", Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, says WHO regional Director for Europe.

Food security many factors that contribute to washing their hands on the proper preparation and storage of food to your Monitor. Food nowadays are also a global issue – the various ingredients for a meal are often taken from different continents, their security depends, therefore, also of a good international co-operation.


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