Food Hygiene

Food safety: current situation, unaddressed issues and the emerging priorities in Eastern Mediterranean

East Mediterr Health J. 2004 Nov;10(6):794-800.

Food safety: current situation, unaddressed issues and the emerging priorities.

Elmi M.

Food and Chemical Safety, WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, Cairo, Egypt.


This paper reviews the topic of food safety with reference to the Eastern Mediterranean Region. The differing views of food safety and the current situation with regard to ensuring food safety are presented. Also discussed are some of the unaddressed issues and challenges related to food safety. The new conditions that have arisen in the modern world which have facilitated the emergence of pathogens are presented, such as changes in animal husbandry, changes in international trade and travel, lifestyle and consumer changes. The urgent need for action in order to reduce the risk of microbiological and chemical foodborne diseases is emphasized. The food chain starts from farm and ends at fork; controlling this complex process requires an integrated approach and a responsible authority to oversee it in order to protect and promote food safety.

PMID: 16335766 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]



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