World Health Day 2015: From Farm to Plate, Make Food Safe

April 7, 2015 2:14 PM

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As an Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization, I travel a lot. And as I travel, I am constantly amazed at what foods are available virtually anywhere. I can pick up my favourite noodles dish, or falafel, or a pizza in pretty well all corners of the globe. But I also know that each ingredient of these foods can have been produced and transported from a different country, having crossed several borders to arrive on my plate. This is a result of globalization.

While I am happy to have such choices, I want to assume that what I am eating is safe. This is likely true, but unfortunately is not a given. The vast movement of food which lets you eat what you want, where you want, also means there is a broad range of factors that can ensure or undermine the safe...

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