600 million people in the world fall ill - WHO | Daily News


 

600 million people in the world fall ill - WHO

An estimated 600 million almost 1 in 10 people in the world fall ill after eating contaminated food and 420 000 die every year, resulting in the loss of 33 million healthy life year, stated the World Health Organization.
In addition, Children under 5 years of age carry 40% of the foodborne disease burden, with 125,000 deaths every year.

Diarrheal diseases are the most common illnesses resulting from the consumption of contaminated food, causing 550 million people to fall ill and 230,000 deaths every year.

 Food safety, nutrition and food security are inextricably linked. Unsafe food creates a vicious cycle of disease and malnutrition, particularly affecting infants, young children, elderly and the sick.

Foodborne diseases impede socioeconomic development by straining health care systems, and harming national economies, tourism and trade.  Food supply chains now cross multiple national borders. Good collaboration between governments, producers and consumers helps ensure food safety.
WHO has stated these in a statement on the World Food Safety Day.


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