Washington, D.C., June 7, 2021 (PANAFTOSA/SPV-PAHO/WHO) – “Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow” is the theme of this year’s World Food Safety Day, which promotes actions that abet halt, detect and manage foodborne dangers.
When safety is no longer maintained at some level of the manufacturing chain, food can be a car for disease. Ingestion of food contaminated by bacteria, parasites, chemical contaminants and biotoxins can trigger a large crew of diseases ranging from diarrhea to cancer.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 77 million folks in the Americas undergo from foodborne diseases (FBD) each year and that extra than 9,000 die after eating contaminated food. Of the total, 31 million are kids below 5 years of age, of whom extra than 2,000 die.
Foodborne diseases are a major public health announce and value $7.4 billion annually in productivity losses, overburdening of health techniques and cut rate of commercial trend due to the loss of self belief in tourism, food manufacturing and the marketing machine, according to World Bank information revealed in 2016.
Foodborne diseases affect vulnerable populations probably the most, however they are also preventable. Safety standards and practices desires to be applied at some level of the food chain from primary manufacturing, transportation, and processing via distribution, sale, and consumption.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) works with regional countries to offer a boost to food management techniques via 5 pillars: standards and regulations; education and communication; surveillance; inspection and laboratories. That work is coordinated by PAHO’s Brazil-based Pan American Heart for Foot and Mouth Disease and Veterinary Public Health (PANAFTOSA/SPV-PAHO/WHO).
Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19
Whereas SARS-CoV-2 is no longer foodborne, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many food-related disorders such as hygiene, antimicrobial resistance, zoonotic diseases, climate change and food fraud. And the pandemic has identified vulnerabilities in food manufacturing and management techniques.
World Food Safety Day was adopted in December 2018 by the United Nations General Assembly, and, since then, the advantages of safe food are celebrated every June 7.