World Health Day 2015: Highlighting food safety research at ILRI

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Testing milk in Kenya's informal market Testing milk in Kenya’s informal market (photo credit: ILRI/Dave Elsworth).

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. Each year, a theme is selected to highlight a priority area of public health. The theme for World Health Day 2015 is food safety, with the slogan “From farm to plate, make food safe”.

An estimated 2 million people die every year from contaminated food or drinking water. Over 200 diseases are caused by unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses and chemical substances. New data on the harm caused by foodborne illnesses underscore the global threats posed by unsafe foods, and the need for coordinated, cross-border action across the entire food supply chain.

The Food Safety and Zoonoses program of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) carries out research on food safety…

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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