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.

WHO/Europe supports countries in building capacity to manage food safety challenges from food handling and production at any level, including those stemming from increased international trade.