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Pakistan food safety challenges


Key Words: Food safety, Pesticide residue, Climate change, Heavy metals, Biological hazards.

Int. J. Biosci. 17(2), 17-28, August 2020.


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Developing societies are facing a horrible situation regarding health and economic issues due to the contamination of foods biologically, chemically, and physically. The rampantly available research on foodborne diseases, especially diarrhea, cholera and nausea among children and adults particularly explains the disease burden associated with the foodborne diseases in the economies of underdeveloped countries. Pakistan is an underdeveloped country in which food safety and hygienic conditions have been ignored for a long time and hence, the occurrence of many pathogens in different foods is common. Estimating foodborne diseases in Pakistan is a tough job because any monitoring or infection control program is absent yet. Unhygienic processing practices and poor storage of milk, cereals, nuts and other foods are a major cause of fungus and bacterial contamination like aflatoxin and others. Foods are contaminated by heavy metals as manifested by numerous studies. Continuous increase in the population greatly affects the economy of the country that eventually degrades food materials offered for promotion to get higher profit ignoring the quality and safety regarding those products. Therefore, increasing the trend of adulteration in foods like milk poses a serious challenge for the government during the past few years. The review is a demanding topic to explain the scenario of present food safety issues in Pakistan. The review is furnished with information from local and related international researches. Therefore, it is suggested that the infrastructure of the food safety department should be redirected which ultimately helps in the hygienic supply of foods to the users.

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