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Bacteriophage-based feed additives are a powerful tool enabling farmers to reduce reliance on antibiotics and chemicals while improving food safety and animal performance.
2030 Farm to Fork Strategy targets for Food Safety in EU


Food Safety

Food safety is a global concern which refers to preparation, handling and food storage in ways that can prevent food-borne illnesses. Food safety relates to all practices from industry to markets and includes food hygiene, food labelling, various additives, pesticide residues, policies on biotechnology, as well as guidelines for the management of import and export inspections and certifications systems for foods. It plays a critical role in the food supply chain to avoid potential health risks for animals and humans, prevent malnourishment and minimize negative impact on economy and sustainability.


Food Safety hazards

Contamination of food in the production phase might trigger foodborne diseases. Food can transmit pathogens, like bacteria, viruses, mold and fungus, which might result in illnesses and significantly impact human and animal health as well as create economic and reputational risk for producers.

The cost behind contaminated food

According to World Health Organization report on Estimates of the Global Burden of Foodborne Disease from 2015, productivity and medical expenses reach $110 billion lost each year as a result of unsafe food. WHO shows that even 10% of people fall ill after eating contaminated food worldwide. What is more, over 420 000 people die every year due to eating contaminated food globally, of which 125 000 are children under 5 years of age.

Food Safety is closely linked to nutrition and food security. Unsafe food can create a vicious cycle of disease and malnutrition that affects particularly infants, young children, elderly and sick people. There are a lot of factors affecting the safety of food, amongst which globalization of food trade, climate change and growing world population play an important role.

Food Safety measures

Food Safety measures are key factors to minimise or eliminate the threats of diseases that deters the health and well-being of animals and humans. However, consumers worldwide increasingly demand ecological products without antibiotics, chemicals, or genetically modified feed. This sets the bar high for producers as food safety is more difficult to achieve while maintaining high quality.
Source: WHO

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The impact of bacteriophages on Food Safety

Bacteriophages, also commonly known as phages, are viruses that attack and infect bacteria. They occur naturally and are the most populous organisms on the planet. Each bacteriophage is specific to one species of bacterium. For every known bacteria variety, there is at least one bacteriophage.
Bacteriophage-based feed additives are a powerful tool enabling farmers to reduce reliance on antibiotics and chemicals while improving food safety and animal performance.

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5 steps we all must take to ensure food safety, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Available Here
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