She confirmed that 135 million people worldwide are stuck in poverty
"FAO": 350.3 billion dirhams losses to the international economy from the handling of unsafe food
FAO experts during the virtual event.
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has reported that the cost of the impact of unsafe food handling on the economies of low and middle-income countries amounts to $ 95.2 billion (350.3 billion dirhams) in lost productivity, in addition to $ 15 billion in medical expenses. every year.
WHO experts said that providing safe food to the public is essential to human health, as the World Health Organization estimates that nearly 600 million cases of foodborne diseases, and 420,000 deaths annually, can be linked to foodborne diseases, stressing that what More than 135 million people around the world are stuck in extreme poverty, and are highly vulnerable to the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak on food security.
The experts' statements came during an event yesterday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to discuss "the one health approach, food safety and sustainable food systems."
The representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a United Nations organization in the UAE, Dino Francescotti, said, “Millions of people live with chronic hunger every day, of whom more than 135 million are stuck in extreme poverty, and are highly vulnerable to the effects of the outbreak ( Covid-19) on food security ».
Francescotti warned of diseases that can spread between animals and humans, and represent a direct threat to public health, animal health, production and productivity, as well as to food trade and food systems, stressing that these food contaminants are a form of direct causes of dangerous chronic diseases that affect animals and humans.
In turn, the chief livestock development officer at the FAO, Marcus Tebo, said, "The idea of one health lies in the link between the health of individuals and the health of animals and the environment in which we share, as zoonotic diseases spread between animals and humans," pointing out that 61% of All pathogens for humans, and 75% of all new pathogens are from animals, for example, "Covid-19", Middle East respiratory syndrome, swine flu, and bird flu.
For her part, the official in charge of food safety in the «FAO», Catherine Bessy, said that «the rigorous evaluation of the national food control systems is an important step forward towards raising the efficiency of capacities over time, as the primary stakeholders are brought together in this work, and planning for investments. Coming ».
Bessi explained that providing safe food to the public is essential to human health, as the World Health Organization estimates that there are nearly 600 million cases of foodborne diseases and 420,000 deaths annually that can be linked to foodborne diseases, indicating that the impact of unsafe food costs economies. Low- and middle-income countries, $ 95.2 billion in lost productivity, and $ 15 billion in medical expenses each year, confirming that the Coronavirus pandemic highlighted the need to prepare for, prevent, detect and respond to similar diseases emergencies, in order to avoid future pandemics and their side effects. Dangerous.
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