UN: 420,000 people die annually from tainted food

UN: 420,000 people die annually from tainted food

BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization says some 420,000 people die each year from foodborne diseases, with young children accounting for more than a quarter of all deaths.

The U.N. health agency says it estimates that approximately 600 million people fall ill annually after consuming tainted food.

It says children under 5 are particularly vulnerable to serious illness, resulting in 125,000 deaths a year.

p>The agency said Thursday that a comprehensive review of diseases caused by 31 types of bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins or chemicals found the highest burden in Africa & Southeast Asia.

It said consumption of raw or undercooked meat, eggs, fresh produce & dairy products is a particular problem.

Other major foodborne diseases are typhoid fever, hepatitis A, tapeworm & aflatoxin, a mold that grows on poorly stored grain.

Source: “Associated Press”