Food safety

Nutrition and food security

Food safety and Nutrition are inextricably linked, particularly in places where food supplies are insecure. When food becomes scarce, hygiene, safety and nutrition are often ignored as people shift to less nutritious diets and consume more 'unsafe foods' — in which chemical, microbiological, zoonotic and other hazards pose a health risk.

WHO works to promote the availability of safe, healthy and wholesome food for everyone to improve food and nutrition security. WHO strongly promotes the integration of food safety into nutrition and food security programmes.

New activity: Chronic individual food consumption database – Summary statistics (CIFOCOss: FAO/WHO)

WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are developing a new database for Individual Food Consumption Data based on national surveys. The database should be made available second in fall 2014.