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WHO releases a handbook to measure foodborne disease burden.

WHO releases a handbook to measure foodborne disease burden.

WHO releases a handbook to measure foodborne disease burden. The World Health Organization (WHO) launched a guide on Monday. To assist nations in quantifying their burden of foodborne illness and identifying gaps in their food safety systems.

The launch of the guide was on World Food Safety Day. May also assist governments in determining the origins, scale, and spread of foodborne infections, strengthening national infrastructure. And also protecting people’s health.

June 7, is the World Food Safety Day. The theme for this year is ‘Secure food now for a healthy future.’

“Food should promote and preserve human health, not undermine it,” Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

“The World Health Organization’s new guidebook will assist governments in collecting and analyzing data to guide long-term investments in food safety. The Covid-19 epidemic has revealed the strong connection between human and animal health, as well as the health of the earth that nourishes us.

“WHO will continue to engage with partners to protect communities from foodborne illness using a One Health approach,” he added.

Adding 600 million instances of foodborne disease each year. In 2010, 4,20,000 individuals died from infections such as salmonella and E.coli. Moreover, A third of them were children under the age of five.

This statistic is expected to rise year after year, although it is impossible to determine the true extent of the global effect of foodborne infections.

In 2020, the World Health Assembly approved a new resolution directing the WHO to monitor the worldwide burden of foodborne and zoonotic illnesses at the national, regional, and international levels and to report on the global burden of foodborne illnesses using the most recent data available.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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