Ingestion and handling of contaminated food causes significant illness and death worldwide. Across the WHO European Region, foodborne diseases are very common, even in the most developed countries, and represent a significant burden for public health. Outbreaks of foodborne disease are likely to also have economic implications, as they often involve commercially produced products.Read more
Top story23 million people falling ill from unsafe food each year in Europe is just the tip of the iceberg
Every minute, 44 people – more than 23 million per year – fall sick from eating contaminated food, and an estimated 4700 per year lose their lives. This is according to a review of the most recent available data entitled “The burden of foodborne diseases in the WHO European Region”, and it represents only the tip of the iceberg: the true number of cases is unknown.
- 23 million people falling ill from unsafe food each year in Europe is just the tip of the iceberg
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In countriesStrengthening food safety in Tajikistan
With WHO/Europe support, Tajikistan has increased national capacities in the prevention of foodborne disease and integrated surveillance of foodborne infections.More country work
Antibiotics are used in food animals not only for treatment, but also for disease prevention and growth promotion. This has important public health consequences as resistant bacteria can be passed on from animals to humans though the food chain. WHO/Europe’s training workshops help countries strengthen their capacities to tackle antibiotic resistance from a food safety perspective.Read more
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Basic measures that help consumers learn safe habits for the preparation of food.
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The number of diseases that are spread through food
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