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“Food safety, nutrition and food security are inextricably linked”, WHO experts

Posted:  Friday, March 27, 2015

Globally, food and water borne diseases kill an estimated two million people annually. Therefore, on the eve of World Health Day, which falls on April 7th, the World Health Organization has emphasised the importance of food safety by linking it to nutrition and putting forth 5 important points to ensure food safety.

Right from production to consumption, there are several potential arenas of food contamination. In order to address this issue, the WHO has suggested 5 key points for safer food. These points are:

•  Cleanliness,

•  Keeping the raw and cooked food separate from other foods,

•  Cooking meat, poultry, eggs and seafood thoroughly at 70 degrees Celsius,

•  Keeping food at safe temperatures, and

•  Using safe water and raw materials.

“Food borne illness is a serious cause of concern. Access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. Food safety, nutrition and food security are inextricably linked,” said Asheena Khalakdia, team leader for communicable diseases at WHO, India.

According to the WHO, food safety is a shared responsibility. Therefore, in order to provide safe and healthy food, it is important that every stakeholder along the food chain come forward and share this responsibility.

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