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International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

Home Hygiene & Health

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Food safety: the fourth pillar in the strategy to prevent infant diarrhoea.

This article highlights the importance of incorporating food safety as a fourth strategy to combat infant diarrhoea, with the three traditional strategies for preventing infant diarrhoea as proposed by WHO (promotion of breastfeeding, vaccination against certain childhood diseases and improvements in the communities’ drinking-water supply and sanitation). Analyses of foodborne diseases have shown that 2 main errors in food preparation increase risk; firstly, the preparation of food several hours before consumption, storage at temperatures that favour bacterial growth and formation of toxins and secondly, and insufficient cooking/reheating of food. If these practices are avoided food contaminants can be controlled and a considerable number of foodborne disease episodes can be prevented. Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 2003;81:842-843.