One of the worst consequences of food poisoning is undoubtedly becoming sick; however it isn’t the only one. When someone becomes ill as a result of contaminated food there are also economic and social consequences – which can end up affecting more than just the individual.
Illnesses which result in time off work can negatively impact both the sufferer, their coworkers and the also the business; whether through loss of revenue, lack in productivity or lack of income for the sufferer.
Food imports can also be disrupted when there’s an outbreak of food poisoning. What’s more, if the problem becomes well known, the effects on tourism and even the location of the outbreak could also cause countless damage.
Foodborne illness is a widespread issue
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that over 200 different diseases can be spread through food via bacterial, viral or toxic contamination. A study commissioned by Australia’s state and federal food authorities, called Food Illness in Australia, estimates that every Australian has an episode of foodborne gastroenteritis on average once every five years. Currently, there are more than 4.1 million cases of illness linked to food contamination every year.
There are countless potential consequences of food contamination, which means foodborne illnesses can have worse results than just a night confined to the bathroom. Making this just one of the reasons why it’s essential to ensure that a high level of food safety is always maintained.