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WHO for laws to reduce deaths due to unsafe food

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 Rohit Shishodia
To reduce deaths and illnesses due to unsafe food across the globe, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that right actions along the food supply chain, from farmers to consumers, as well as good governance and regulations, are essential to ensuring food safety.

On World Food Safety Day, the WHO asserted that food safety is everybody’s business. The UN body said that nationals, regional economic bodies, UN organizations, development agencies, trade organizations, consumer and producer groups, academic and research institutions and private sector entities must work together on food safety issues.

The WHO and Food and Agricultural Organization have also come up with a new guide that includes provisions for safe and nutritious food for all.

The new guide says that agriculture and food producers need to adopt good practices while business operators should ensure that food is safely transported, stored and prepared.

The guide states that consumers need access to timely, clear and reliable information about the nutritional and disease risks associated with their food choices.

It is estimated that some 420000 people die every year out of eating unsafe food. Around 600 million people fall ill after eating contaminated food. Foodborne illnesses are caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances entering the body through contaminated food or water.

World Food Safety Day is celebrated on June 7 every year.


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