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FOOD SAFETY BECOMES GLOBAL CONCERN AS 23M EUROPEANS FALL SICK YEARLY

Liuba Negru of the Country Support and Communications, World Health Organistion (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and Stephanie Brickman, Communications Consultant, WHO Regional Office for Europe released a bombshell as the world celebrated food safety day on Friday, June 7, 2019.

The startling report, entitled, ‘The burden of foodborne diseases in the WHO European Region,’ said every minute, 44 people – more than 23 million per year – fall sick from eating contaminated food, and an estimated 4,700 per year lose their lives. The health body said the data represented only the tip of the iceberg, for the true number is unknown.

The WHO European Region joined partners across the world in celebrating the day to raise awareness and promote action to improve food safety.

“Every country around the world, from small to big, from rich to poor, has suffered from foodborne illnesses, and Europe is no exception. The scale of the challenge posed by foodborne disease is striking, indicating the importance of preventing and mitigating risks to food safety,” says Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe.

“Food is a global affair with a food chain that wraps around the planet. A simple meal can easily contain ingredients from multiple continents and its safety depends on international collaboration. World Food Safety Day is an unprecedented opportunity to call on governments to strengthen the systems that guarantee safe food, across sectors and across Europe and the world,” Jakab added.

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