How is your country doing? Is it also a so-called developed country that is navel-gazing with one eye closed?
What should we be doing individually and collectively? There had been times when the question of global inequality in food safety management did not matter to me because, after all, I live where resources are plentiful. Those times are long gone. The apathetic stance has since been replaced with the realization that the food supply chain that directly affects me is global. Many people in the industry have this understanding. Proclamations about making food safety global have become the vogue but how far has this gone towards the desired goals?
- There are more than 500,000 cases of food poisoning a year from known pathogens. This figure would more than double if it included food poisoning cases from unknown pathogens.
- Campylobacter was the most common foodborne pathogen, with about 280,000 cases every year.
- The next most common pathogen was Clostridium perfringens with 80,000 cases, and norovirus was third with an estimated 74,000 cases.
- Salmonella is the pathogen that causes the most hospital admissions – about 2,500 each year.
- Poultry meat was the food linked to the most cases of food poisoning, with an estimated 244,000 cases every year.
- After poultry, produce including vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, caused the second highest number of cases of illness (an estimated 48,000 cases), while beef and lamb were third (an estimated 43,000 cases). http://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2014/6097/foodpoisoning#sthash.JGRusjBZ.dpuf
Posted By Felix Amiri