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Food Safety on ECHOcommunity
"Food safety is linked, directly or indirectly, to the achievement of many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially those pertaining to ending hunger and poverty, and promoting good health and well-being. Food and nutritional security is realised only when essential elements of a healthy diet are safe to eat. Safe food is also vital to the growth and transformation of agriculture needed to feed a growing and more prosperous world population, the modernisation of national food systems, and a country’s favourable integration into regional and international markets.

According to the estimates made by the WHO Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG), in 2010 the global burden of foodborne disease was an estimated 600 million – almost 1 in 10 people in the world – fall ill after eating contaminated food and 420 000 die every year, aggregating to the equivalent of 33 million Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). Food safety related problems still account for almost 2,000 fatalities on the African continent daily. Contamination, diarrhoea and other foodborne illness outbreaks are still very high."

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