Food Safety and Health: Situation Analysis and Perspectives: Report of the Regional Director
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Abstract1. Foodborne illness is a major public health problem which also lowers economic productivity. Every year millions of people worldwide become sick as a result of consuming contaminated and unsafe food. Ensuring food safety is a critical and fundamental component of public health and food security. The Fifty-third World Health Assembly adopted Resolution WHA53.15 urging WHO and its Member States to recognize food safety as an essential public health concern. 2. Reducing the incidence of foodborne illness is a continuing challenge in the African Region. Though some positive steps have been taken to improve food safety, success has been elusive. Most national policies and programmes indicate gaps and inadequate linkages between strategies to ensure food safety. There is a need to strengthen the capacities of countries to develop comprehensive, sustainable and integrated food safety systems. The development of food safety legislation, application of preventive risk-based approaches, surveillance and capacity building are important elements in the reduction of foodborne diseases. 3. In view of the involvement of different sectors in food production, handling, inspection, import and export, there is need for multisectoral collaboration under the coordination and leadership of ministries of health to ensure synergy. This will necessitate clarification of the roles and responsibilities of the respective sectors by governments to avoid duplication of efforts.
Regional Committee for Africa, 53. (2003). Food Safety and Health: Situation Analysis and Perspectives: Report of the Regional Director. WHO. Regional Office for Africa. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/93253
DescriptionRegional Committee for Africa Fifty-third Session Johannesburg, South Africa, 1–5 September 2003, Provisional agenda item 8.5
Gov't Doc #AFR-RC53-12 Rev. 1
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