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10 facts on food safety

A sick woman lies in a hospital bed in Finland.
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More than 200 diseases are spread through food

Millions of people fall ill every year and many die as a result of eating unsafe food. Diarrhoeal diseases alone kill an estimated 1.5 million children annually, and most of these illnesses are attributed to contaminated food or water. Proper food preparation can prevent most foodborne diseases.

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