Food safety and health: a strategy for WHO African region
Abstract1. The burden of foodborne diseases in the African Region is difficult to surmise, but available data for diarrhoea due to contaminated food and water estimate mortality to be around 700 000 persons per year in all ages. African children suffer an estimated five episodes of diarrhoea per child per year, mostly due to contaminated infant food. Microbial and chemical contaminants are of concern. Unless these issues are addressed, countries will have difficulty in achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals. 2. Despite efforts by governments and both multilateral and bilateral agencies, weaknesses remain in national food control systems. Absence of enforceable policies, regulatory mechanisms, resources and coordination in addressing challenges may be the cause. Assuring food safety is a shared responsibility that requires the common vision of all stakeholders.
Regional Committee for Africa, 57. (2011). Food safety and health: a strategy for WHO African region. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1886