FOOD SAFETY - WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO).

First ever estimates of the global burden of foodborne diseases show 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.

WHO African and South-East Asia Regions have the highest burden of foodborne diseases.
Diarrhoeal diseases are responsible for more than half of the global burden of foodborne diseases, causing 550 million people to fall ill and 230 000 deaths every year. Children are at particular risk of foodborne diarrhoeal diseases, with 220 million falling ill and 96 000 dying every year.

Diarrhoea is often caused by eating raw or undercooked meat, eggs, fresh produce and dairy products contaminated by norovirus, Campylobacter, non-typhoidal Salmonella and pathogenic E. coli. Food safety is a shared responsibility, says WHO.

Facts: www.who.int
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