FAO's work on food safety


With some 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses annually, and around 420 000 deaths, unsafe food represents a threat to human health, as well as to economies. Consumers have the right to expect that food available on domestic markets is safe. 

On 20 December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming the observanceof World Food Safety Day.  Starting in 2019, every 7 June will be a time to celebrate the countless benefits of safe food. On this occasion, take a look below for publications on FAO’s work on food safety, aimed at reducing foodborne illness, supporting economic development and trade, and strengthening livelihoods and food security.

Further reading

Also forthcoming

Climate change: Implications for food safety and quality