Food safety

The aim of food security is to secure people permanent access to food that is safe, nutritious and sufficient in quantity to meet their nutritional requirements. According to the World Health Organization Open in new window(WHO) , there are more than 200 diseases spread through food worldwide. The main problems are microbiological risks (Salmonella or E. coli) and chemical contaminants in food. The levels of food safety in Europe are very high, thanks to preventive and control measures that offer guarantees to consumers around the world.

The causes of food insecurity involve a number of factors, international or national policies that affect agricultural development, fluctuations in food prices, plant pests and armed conflicts or natural disasters.

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