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Food safety under the spotlight on World Health Day

The World Health Organisation has found an estimated 200 diseases are caused by unsafe food.

FILE: World Health Day is celebrated every year to mark the birth of the World Health Organisation. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Food safety was under the spotlight around the globe in honour of World Health Day on Tuesday.

The day is celebrated every year to mark the birth of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which was founded in 1948.

The WHO has reportedly found an estimated 200 diseases are caused by unsafe food, highlighting the importance of this year's focus being food safety.

The City's mayoral committee member for health Siyabulela Mamkeli said food safety in homes needed to be treated seriously.

"How food is handled at home can also have serious consequences like food poisoning. Ultimately food must be cooked thoroughly and the person doing the cooking should wash their hands thoroughly before touching anything as they could easily contaminate the food and affect the family's health."