Food safety

Foodborne diseases

Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.

Foodborne and waterborne diarrhoeal diseases are a problem for every country in the world but they can be prevented. Diarrhoea is the acute, most common symptom of foodborne illness, but other serious consequences include kidney and liver failure, brain and neural disorders, reactive arthritis, cancer and death.

WHO assists Member States in building capacity to prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks. WHO’s activities include generating baseline and trend data on foodborne diseases and supporting implementation of adequate infrastructures (e.g. laboratories).