Parasites in foods: An invisible threat

Posted by SGS Digicomply Editorial Team on Jan 12, 2021 3:05:10 PM
Markets International
Organization FAO
Topic Food Safety & Security

Foodborne parasitic diseases are often neglected in food safety control systems even though they can cause severe human health problems, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), reports different types of parasitic diseases can be transmitted to humans from pork, fish, freshwater crustaceans, vegetables, eggs of tapeworms, and protozoa. The document covers parasites transmitted by pigs such as Taenia solium, Trichinella and toxoplasma gondii, as well as those transmitted by raw or undercooked freshwater fish and crustaceans, including Clonorchis sinensis and Opisthorchis viverrini and Paragonimus, and those in vegetables, water and the environment including Fascioliasis.

Tags: food safety, parasites, trichinella, foodborne parasites

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