Food safety

Zoonoses and the environment

Zoonotic diseases are a group of infectious diseases naturally transmitted between animals and humans. The greatest risk for zoonotic disease transmission occurs at the human-animal interface through direct or indirect human exposure to animals, their products (e.g. meat, milk, eggs..) and/or their environments.

WHO works with partners across sectors to evaluate and reduce the risks of transmission of zoonoses to humans through the consumption of animal products. WHO provides guidance to Member States and the public on how to reduce these risks in the food chain.