“Top Ten” list of food-borne parasites released
1 July 2014, Rome – A “Top Ten” list identifying the food-borne parasites of greatest global concern has been released today by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) World Health Organization (WHO), along with the announcement that new guidelines are being developed to control them. The parasites affect the health of millions of people every year, infecting muscle tissues and organs, causing epilepsy, anaphylactic shock, amoebic dysentery and other problems. Some can live on in our bodies for decades. Despite their huge social costs and global impacts, information is generally lacking regarding just where these parasites come from, how they live in the body, and – most importantly – how they make us sick.
Sarah Cahill is a Food Safety Officer with FAO in Rome. In the following interview she elaborates on the information released today and why there has been a push to release this information now.
Produced by: Sandra Ferrari