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Sick of eating? Food is much safer than expected


Hardly deaths from edible diseases in Germany

According to the Bauernverband Landvolk Niedersachsen, food is much safer than one often thinks. However, there are always new laws and regulations on food law, the association criticizes. However, there are good reasons to lower the risk of food outbreaks.

As the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) explains on its website, "food-borne foods" are caused by the consumption of food contaminated (contaminated) by infectious agents (bacteria, viruses, parasites) or toxins. A variety of pathogens and toxins can cause foodborne illness. "In this country, but you don't care too much. Foods are a lot safer, according to experts, than you often think.

Table set with Mediterranean food
A peasant association criticizes that there are always new laws and regulations on food law. And that, although food is much safer, as is often assumed. (Image: cab-vision /

5,000 deaths from food-borne illnesses annually

As the Bauernverband Landvolk Niedersachsen writes in a communication, consumers' perceptions of food security are clearly in contradiction with the real situation. The discussion should occupy a very wide space, but in fact there is little reason for justified concern.

The association refers to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), which estimates the annual deaths from diseases transmitted through the consumption of contaminated food or foodborne illness (FBD), totaling about 420,000 worldwide.

For Europe, WHO lists a total of 5,000 cases. In traffic accidents, more than five times more people would die each year.

Most serious case of infection by contaminated food

According to reports, in 2015 there was no single documented death in Germany due to the consumption of contaminated food. In 2016, there were four, as in 2017, according to a report by the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Security (BVL). It also tells us that in 2017 there were at least 2,277 illnesses and 412 hospitalizations for explosive foods.

As explained by the rural nation of Lower Saxony, the most serious case of infection with contaminated food from the year 2011. It dates to the Federal Republic of Germany.

According to reports, the Federal Institute for Assessment Resources (BfR), the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Security (BVL) and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) have identified contaminated seeds of bioprocessing from Egypt as a source of infection. The EHEC epidemic killed 53 people, about 4,000 sick, more than 800 of them seriously.

Infections can be dangerous

"On the other hand, there are always new regulations and provisions of the food law legislature," criticized the state peasant association Landvolk Niedersachsen.

However, there are good reasons to lower the risk of food outbreaks. Lastly, such diseases can not only be associated with relatively safe symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain, but can also have serious consequences.

For example, according to the RKI, in the context of infection with Listeria, pregnant women may have preterm and unborn babies.

And: "In very rare cases, Campylobacter infections can lead to Guillain-Barré syndrome with paralysis, E. coli (enterochemical) E. coli (EHEC) infections leading to the development of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)," the experts say. (Ad)

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