For the first time in history, the worldwide consequences of consuming spoiled food were studied, and the result presented by the World Health Organization determined that every year, 420,000 people die from diseases transmitted by unhealthy food. either in poor condition, prepared with contaminated water or lack of hygiene, among other factors. In addition, 30% of these deaths correspond to children under 5 years of age.
For these reasons, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) emphasize on World Food Safety Day that safe food is essential for the human health and well-being, and recalled that diseases due to contaminated food disproportionately affect vulnerable and marginalized people, such as women and children, and populations subject to conflict and migration.
Every year, 600 million people get sick from contaminated food and 420,000 die.
— United Nations (@ONU_es) June 7, 2022
In this way, the international day seeks to mobilize actions to prevent, detect and manage the risks transmitted by food and improve human health since 10% of the world population suffers from a disease caused by eating contaminated food every year.
Likewise, the WHO indicated that the health of animals, plants and the environment in which food is produced affect its safety, for which it advocated the adoption of a comprehensive approach that guarantees that all the provisions that reach the consumer are harmless.