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Food Safety Facts

Provides some interesting food poisoning statistics from the World Health Organisation.
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The World Health Organisation has released the following “facts” that relate to food safety.

  • Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemical substances, causes more than 200 diseases – ranging from diarrhoea and vomiting to cancers.
  • An estimated 600 million – almost 1 in 10 people in the world – fall ill after eating contaminated food and 420 000 die every year.
  • Children under 5 years of age carry 40% of the foodborne disease burden, with 125,000 deaths every year.
  • Diarrhoeal diseases are the most common illnesses resulting from the consumption of contaminated food, causing 550 million people to fall ill and 230 000 deaths every year.

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Government authorities believe that only a small amount of food poisoning cases are in fact reported, hence the real statistics could be much higher – have you ever had food poisoning and not reported it?

A major concern for the Catering industry is that 60-80% of food-borne illnesses originate from commercial food service enterprises such as restaurants, canteens, hotels, cruise ships, airlines, aged-care facilities, and hospitals.


Look for some food poisoning statistics from your country on the internet. Did you find anything interesting, please share your findings with us.

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