The government is looking into having integrated food safety systems to reduce food-related risk on people, avert foodborne diseases that take a major toll on health and prevent deaths related to eating unsafe food.

Calling for a need to improve the food safety system, all relevant stakeholders have been urged to join force with youths to reduce the impact of unsafe food that can pose health problems due to microbiological and chemical hazards.

Council for Agricultural and Rural Development secretary-general Sok Silo said yesterday that the general public, including young people, are now very concerned about food safety and they want all food, including vegetables, fruits, and all food products sold in the market to be chemical free.

“Consumption of unsafe food poses health hazards to everyone and affects infants, children pregnant women, the elderly, the vulnerable and in short all people. People are becoming concerned about the health risk involved when consuming unsafe food that has microbial pathogens and potentially hazardous chemicals, ”he added.

According to a recent study, he said it was revealed that some food sold in primary are unhealthy as it contains high levels of sugar, salt and fat but low in nutrients which is not good for students.

“That is why we need to create awareness on safe food among the young people and also others so that the community at large can be protected against consuming unsafe and harmful food that is detrimental to health,” said Silo.

Ministry of Health’s Department of Medicine, Food, Medical Equipment and Cosmetics director of Food Safety Office Aing Hoksrun said yesterday that from 2015 until last year, 119 people died while another 4,699 were victims of food poisoning.

“The current food system is a big challenge for Cambodia in terms of food safety and it needs the support of stakeholders and youths to improve the current system and participate in having highly effective strategies,” he said.

General Department of Consumer Protection, Competition and Fraud Repression deputy director Dim Theng said yesterday that they were paying close attention to food safety to ensure the health of consumers.

“We regularly conduct checks at the market to ensure only safe food products that comply with food regulations and standards are sold to consumers. However, we still have many gaps that require stakeholders and youths to work with us to further improve the system, ”he added.

Helen Keller International programme’s youth nutrition leader Chuun Bormey said yesterday that food safety is a concern for all young people and they are concerned about the food that is sold in the market, especially vegetables, fruits, fish, meat and processed food products that use excessive amount of chemicals.

“Young people are concerned that foods containing high level of chemicals can cause serious health problems in the long run such as cancer and this issue must be addressed,” she said, adding the youths have called on the authorities and experts to regularly check on the safety and quality of food sold in the market.

She said the authorities must also disseminate information pertaining to food safety not only to the people but also to manufacturers, and distributors so that they adhere to the food safety regulations before selling their products in the market.

An advisor to the GIZ-MUSEFO project Sanne Sigh said yesterday nutrition and food safety are inextricably interlinked, especially in places where food supplies are insecure.
“Food safety concerns everyone from food handlers, its preparation and storage to prevent food-borne illnesses. These infections have a high impact on populations with poor nutrition status, ”she said.

According to World Health Organization, access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances can cause more than 200 different diseases, ranging from diarrhea to cancers.

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