It is estimated that around 37.7 million Indians are affected by water-borne and food-borne diseases annually, 1.5 million children are estimated to die of diarrhea alone, and 73 million working days are lost due to food-borne diseases each year. Dr. V.P.C Pillai, Trainer and Consultant analyses this grave health issue in the following article.
Food-borne diseases occur when the food has been contaminated and causes either food poisoning or a food-borne disease. The illness can be caused by microorganism such as bacteria, yeasts, moulds and viruses as well as by chemicals such as cleaning agents, excessive additives, pesticide residues, cross contamination from an allergen and natural poison (toxins) seen in some food.
(Read the full article in the December Issue of Safety Messenger Magazine)