In parallel with the increasing size of the world population, consumer demand for a wider variety of foods is growing, entailing a longer and more complex food-chain. However, food safety in developing countries, usually receives minimal policy attention and investment and only tends to capture national attention during foodborne disease outbreaks and other crises. As a result, these countries have weak food safety systems in terms of infrastructure, trained human resources, food safety culture and enforceable regulations.
The economic costs of unsafe food are high—especially in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, which have the highest incidence of foodborne diseases. Aside from public health costs and the loss of productivity associated with food-borne diseases, disruptions to food markets and impediments to agri-food exports due to food safety problems also take a toll.
Join us at the FIA Lunch Series session where we will discuss how each sector plays a role in accelerating food safety across developing countries