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FAO identifies top 10 foodborne parasites

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THE pork tapeworm – Taenia solium – has been identified by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as the foodborne parasite with the greatest global impact.

T solium headed a ‘top 10′ list of foodborne parasites affecting the health of millions of people each year. The list forms part of a report produced jointly by the two organisations following a request by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) (the global food standards body) for a review of current knowledge on parasites in food and their public health and trade impacts.

The WHO and FAO issued a global call for information about the problem of foodborne parasites. Twenty-two countries and one regional body responded to the request, which was followed by an assessment and analysis by 21 experts. An initial list of 93 parasites was …

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