Food safety

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.

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Integrated foodborne infections surveillance training in Turkmenistan

35 participants received laboratory training in foodborne disease detection and epidemiology.

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Strengthening 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.

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Antimicrobial resistance

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.

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Communicating food safety risks

Five keys to safer food

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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