FOOD AND FOOD FAILURE IN THE WORLD The number of people dying from food poisoning in the UK has almost doubled since 2003, and experts fear that more people are dying every year.
The Government’s Prevent strategy calls for a reduction in the number of deaths and severe illness caused by food poisoning.
This is not the case, and in many countries it is still on the rise.
The report from the Food and Food Safety Authority found that food poisoning deaths rose from 4,715 in 2002 to 10,527 in 2016.
In some countries, such as Spain, the number has risen by 20%.
The FSA also found that the rate of foodborne illness in the US rose from 2,898 in 2015 to 4,081 in 2016, a 14 per cent increase.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that a foodborne infection can lead to a wide range of serious complications, including kidney failure, kidney failure with sepsis and pneumonia.
A foodborne disease outbreak is not something that happens in a vacuum, it is a symptom of a wider underlying problem.
The FSA warns that foodborne diseases can lead a person to develop a life-threatening illness or disability, including liver, lung, spleen and pancreas problems, liver failure, seizures, a serious allergic reaction, heart attack, heart failure and severe pneumonia.
The UK has the highest death rate from foodborne illnesses in the EU, with a death rate of 8,769 deaths per 100,000 people.
Around 3,600 people die each year from food-related illness, including diarrhoea, pneumonia, and vomiting, according to the FSA.
In the UK, people aged over 75 have the highest risk of death from food and drink-related illnesses, with the highest mortality rate, followed by people under 65.
In 2017, there were 3,000 food poisoning cases, of which nearly 90 per cent were due to a lack of proper sanitation and hygiene.