While the impacts of climate change on global food production and food security
are well known, the effects of climate change on food safety are much less so.
Since, the relationship between climate change and food safety hazards is not always
easy to see, this publication, Climate change: Unpacking the burden on food safety,
attempts to provide some clarity. Changes in global food systems and the increased
globalization of the food supply means that populations worldwide are at risk of
exposure to various food safety hazards. This can affect public health, food security,
national economies and international trade. In this already complicated scenario,
the challenges posed by climate change have additional implications that need to be
understood and addressed. This publication is aimed at a broad audience and it is
hoped that everyone who reads this comes away with a realization of the complexity
of the issues at stake and an appreciation of the work that lay in front of us.
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