Food safety

WHO/A. Esquillon

Foodborne disease and food contamination constitute a growing public healthconcern. WHO estimates that globally foodborne and waterborne diarrhoeal diseases cause the deaths of about 2.2 million people annually, 1.9 million of them children. In addition, chemical contamination causes a significant amount of foodborne disease.

During the Regional Committee meeting in 2011, health representatives from the Western Pacific Region endorsed the Western Pacific Regional Food Safety Strategy 2011-2015 and urged Member States to use the Strategy as a framework for the strengthening of national food control systems to effectively protect public health, prevent fraud, avoid food adulteration and facilitate safe and healthy food.

In addition to providing a national framework, the strategy defines the work of the food safety programme in the WHO Western Pacific Region for the next five years.