Food Borne Diseases

Foodborne diseases are caused by contamination of food and occur at any stage of the food production, delivery and consumption chain. They can result from several forms of environmental contamination including pollution in water, soil or air, as well as unsafe food storage and processing.

Foodborne diseases encompass a wide range of illnesses from diarrhea to cancers. Most present as gastrointestinal issues, though they can also produce neurological, gynecological and immunological symptoms. Diseases causing diarrhea are a major problem in all countries of the world, though the burden is carried disproportionately by low- and middle-income countries and by children less than 5 years of age.

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