World Food Safety Day 2020 (June 7): Food safety, everyone’s business

Unsafe food takes a huge toll on human health and the economy.

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 600 million people fall ill and 420 000 die every year from eating food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins or chemicals.

As for the economic price tag, according to the World Bank, unsafe food costs low-and middle-income economies alone about US$ 95 billion in lost productivity annually. Unsafe food also limits trade.

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