Food safety

Five keys to growing safer fruits and vegetables: promoting health by decreasing microbial contamination

WHO published final edition of Five keys to growing safer fruits and vegetables: promoting health by decreasing microbial contamination.

The importance of fruits and vegetables in a nutritious and healthy diet is well-recognized and in recent years consumers have been encouraged to eat more of these products. However, food safety problems linked to the consumption of contaminated fruits and vegetables are increasing and efforts to minimize the microbial contamination of fresh fruits and vegetables are essential.

The manual is designed to support food safety education of rural workers who grow fresh fruits and vegetables for themselves, their families and for sale in local markets. Based on the successful Five Keys to Safer Food concept (simple global message based on scientific evidence; easy to use, adapt and adopt), the manual presents key practices to promote the adoption of effective food safety behaviors which will have an impact on overall hygienic behaviours and will contribute to improve community health.

This manual is actually used in El Salvador in the context of a Joint UN programme "Protecting children: towards a coordinated food security and nutritional programme." This programme is part of the MDG Achievement Fund's efforts to help El Salvador achieve the Millennium Development Goals of reducing poverty and inequality.

WHO strongly promotes integration of the food safety practices presented in this manual into nutrition and food security programmes and encourages countries to follow the example of use set in El Salvador.

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Last update:

23 October 2012 14:09 CEST

For more information please contact Françoise Fontannaz at fontannazf@who.int

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