Safety and Hygiene

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Safety and Hygiene

220 million children fall ill every year due to foodborne diarrhoeal diseases. Of them, 96000 die around the world.

Unsafe food poses a massive threat to people all across the globe, creating a vicious cycle of diarrhoea and malnutrition. Infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly population, as well as people suffering from an underlying illness are the most vulnerable.

A WHO report published in 2015 estimated that the global burden of foodborne diseases are caused by 31 bacteria, parasites, viruses, chemicals, and toxins at global and regional levels.

Similarly, a World Bank study released in 2018 on the economic burden of foodborne diseases suggested that the annual cost of managing foodborne diseases is estimated at US$ 15 billion per year, and the total productivity loss associated with foodborne disease in low- and middle-income countries is estimated at US$ 95.2 billion.

If It is not safe, it is not food!

The International Forum on Food Safety and Trade and International Conference on Food Safety held in 2019, reiterated the importance of food safety in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The International Forum on Food Safety and Trade and International Conference on Food Safety held in 2019, reiterated the importance of food safety in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

In India, foodborne illnesses remain a threat to the entire population, and their burden, in fact is comparable to malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis.

However, the burden caused by these foodborne diseases is often underreported and underestimated, making it difficult for policymakers and consumers to establish causal relationships between food contamination and resulting illness or death.

Food can become contaminated at any point in production and distribution, and food producers are primarily responsible for this. Yet a large proportion of incidents of foodborne disease are caused by food that is improperly prepared or mishandled at markets, at food service establishments, and even at home. Not all food handlers and customers recognize the roles they have to play, such as following simple hygienic standards when purchasing, selling, and preparing food to protect consumer health.

At Food Future Foundation, our aim is to bring about behavioural change around safe diets using a EEE-strategy: engage, excite, and enable people to make changes in their daily diets. Using a similar approach, we seek to transform the supply-side and the overall food environment with a long-term vision for 2050.

Our focus is on ensuring personal and surrounding hygiene, maintaining hygienic and sanitary practices through the food supply chain, combating adulteration, reducing toxins and contaminants in food and controlling food hazards in processing and manufacturing processes.

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