‘The concern about food-borne diseases is increasing, due to which the loss of about $15 billion annually harsh vardhan

‘The concern about food-borne diseases is increasing, due to which the loss of about $15 billion annually harsh vardhan

New Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Monday said that as the food chains are becoming longer, more complex and global, the concerns of “food-borne diseases” are increasing. It is causing a loss of about $ 15 billion annually. He was addressing the World Food Safety Day celebrations organized by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) through video conference.

World Food Safety Day is observed to draw attention to the fact that food is not only an agricultural and trade commodity, but it is also a public health issue. An official statement on the occasion said that on this year’s World Food Safety Day, all key stakeholders are urged to take steps to ensure that the food we eat is safe and nutritious.

Harsh Vardhan said that food security must be integrated with all the three sectors – government, industry and consumers – across the food chain, from the farm to the dining table, in which all three share the same responsibility. It is also necessary that food security becomes an essential component of health-based nutrition policies and nutrition education.

“Our goal is to encourage action that helps prevent, detect and manage foodborne risk, and in doing so, we aim to advance food security, human health, economic prosperity, market access and sustainable development,” he said. be able to contribute.

Harsh Vardhan said that food security is one of the determinants of a sound and inclusive health system of a country. “As food chains become longer, more complex and global, there is an increasing concern about ‘food-borne diseases’ due to food contamination, costing us approximately $15 billion annually,” he said. By 2031, foodborne diseases are expected to increase from 15 to 17.70 million annually. ‘

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Worldwide, with the re-emergence of COVID-19, the focus has increased on safe food, nutrition, immunization and affordability. In this regard, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, ‘The focus on preventive health care has become more important as it minimizes the burden of diseases and the increasing burden of diet related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and malnutrition. Helps to cope.’

The theme of this year’s World Food Safety Day – ‘Safe Food for a Healthy Tomorrow’ underlines that the production and consumption of safe food has immediate and long-term benefits for people, the earth and the economy, he added.

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