UN releases "top ten" list of food-borne parasites of global concern

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A laboratory technician works to identify a worm pest. Photo: FAO

A list of "top ten" food-borne parasites has been released by the United Nations on Tuesday in order to reduce the risk of global infections.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) are focusing on the parasites with the greatest global impact.

Pork tapeworm made the top of the list, followed by dog tapeworm found in fresh produce.

New guidelines are being developed for the control of these parasites which in turn will help develop new standards for the global food trade.

Sarah Cahill, a Food Safety Officer with FAO explains to Sandra Ferrari how the parasites were ranked.

Duration: 3'51''

 

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