Higher levels of diseases caused by contaminated food than reported

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Levels of diseases caused by eating contaminated food are much higher than currently reported, according to the United Nations health agency.

The World Health Organization (WHO) points out that the food chain from production to consumption is longer and more complex.

It says a number of factors, including, globalized trade, travel and migration, an ageing population, changing consumer trends and habits, as well as climate change are increasing health risks caused by contaminated food.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

WHO says that driven by consumer demand, we now have greater access to a wider variety of foods.

It points out that food is produced out of season, transported across continents, processed for our convenience and increasingly eaten outside the home.

The contamination of food may occur at any stage in the process from food production to consumption, according to Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab.

The WHO Regional Director for Europe is calling for effective communication and information sharing between the public health, animal health and agricultural sectors.

The UN health agency is calling on policy makers to build and maintain adequate food safety systems and infrastructures to ensure safer food on our plates.

It says World Health Day on 7 April is an opportunity to recognize the importance of food safety in order to prevent, detect and respond to foodborne diseases more efficiently.

Cathrine Hasselberg United Nations

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