BERLIN (AP) â€” 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”