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WHO webinar: Burden of foodborne diseases: how can we estimate it and why do we need it?
Each year, over 600 million people - 1 in 10 - are affected by foodborne diseases. Children under five years of age are particularly at high risk as 120 000 of them die from unsafe food, comprising 30% of the total foodborne deaths annually. Under the global issues being faced by climate change, emerging diseases and changes in food production and supply system, the food safety community is put to address new challenges.

Foodborne diseases are preventable however. It depends on informed policy making, political commitment, and effective intervention strategies focused on the most critical food safety problems. Estimating the national burden of foodborne disease is an essential component of reduction efforts. The results will provide the evidence needed for an efficient allocation of both resources and efforts to prevention measures, support the development of national risk-based food safety systems, and promote participation in activities for setting international food standards and in trade organizations.

WHO is pleased to invite you to this webinar to go into its new publication, “Estimating the burden of foodborne diseases: a practical handbook for countries”, speak about what we know today about the foodborne disease burden, share policy perspective and country experience.

Jun 29, 2021 01:30 PM in Zurich

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