The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that each year as many as 600 million people in the world fall ill after consuming contaminated food, Hausa service of the BBC reports.
WHO’s Director General, Dr
Margaret Chan, said that of these millions
of people, 420, 000 die, including 125, 000 children under the age of five years.
“The burden of food borne diseases is a public health concern globally, Africa and South-East Asia
Regions have the highest incidence and
highest death rates, including among children under the age of five years, despite the fact that they make up only 9% of the global population,” Dr Chan said.
The report estimates the burden of food borne diseases caused by 31 agents, bacteria, viruses,
parasites, toxins and chemicals.
“Until now, estimates of food borne diseases were vague
This concealed the true human costs of contaminated food.
“This report sets the record straight, knowing which food borne pathogens are causing the biggest problems in which parts of the world. It can generate targeted action by the public, governments, and
the food industry,” Dr Chan said.