91 million people fall ill in Africa due to unsafe food

Posted by Addis Getachew Tadesse | 8 June 2019 | 433 times

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•African Union Commission deputy chairperson Thomas Kwesi Quartey

In Africa, 91 million people fall ill each year due to consumption of
unsafe foods, said Thomas Kwesi Quartey, the deputy chairperson of the
African Union Commission.

He was speaking at a commemoration on Friday at the African Union
headquarters of the World Food Safety Day that is observed for the
first time at a continental level.

“It is about time that food security was made a priority in Africa,”
he said at a Public Policy Dialogue event organised to commemorate the

The event brought together ambassadors, African Union leaders, African
Union Commission staff and representatives of partner organisations.
According to Quartey, tens of thousands of people die in Africa each
year after consumption of unsafe food.

“An estimated 600 million – almost 1 in 10 people in the world – fall
ill after eating contaminated food and 420,000 die every year,”
according to the World Health Organization.

“A quarter of global deaths due to unsafe foods consumption is in
Africa,” Egyptian Ambassador to the African Union Osama Mohamed
Abdelkhalek said on the occasion.

The number of deaths, according to the Ambassador, stands at as high
as 137,000 people each year.

The AU is commemorating the Day “[…] in order to foster dialogue and
inspire actions to enhance food safety using the World Food Safety Day
as a global reminder of the need to maintain a high level of public
awareness on this important issue.” (Anadolu Agency)

Source: News Express

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