The chief scientists of FAO and WHO highlighted the role of science in keeping food safe while stressing the importance of technology during a webinar earlier this week.

The virtual event was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) to mark the third annual World Food Safety Day.

FAO Director General QU Dongyu and WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave video messages at the session that more than 600 people attended.

“Nobody should die from eating food. These are preventable deaths. When food safety is improved we reduce hunger, malnutrition and infant mortality. Children miss fewer days at school, adults increase their productivity, and the strain on health systems is reduced,” said Ghebreyesus.

Understanding risk and hazards
Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist at WHO, said science is central to food safety.

“It is important to understand…

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