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  • Writer's picture Mark Moises Calayan

3,352 cases of foodborne illnesses documented in Cordillera this year


Baguio City, Philippines – Foodborne diseases are still a concern in the Cordillera as a total of 3,352 cases were recorded in the region in the 3rd quarter of 2023, based on the data from the Department Of Health – Cordillera.


Foodborne illnesses are caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

World Health Organization (WHO) claimed that about 600 million people worldwide are affected by these diseases yearly, while 420, oo0 individuals die.


In the region, DOH - Cordillera Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Joyce Pira said one of the main causes why people suffer from foodborne illness is due to eating street foods.


During the Kapehan sa Baguio Forum last week, she explained that most of the street food vendors were observed to have improper food handling, unhygienic practices like spitting anywhere and picking the nose, and unsafe food storage for their products.


To address the problem, DOH - Cordillera reminds the public to avoid eating unsafe food. They likewise urge the vendors to have a sanitary permit to continue selling or operating.


Said permit will be issued to them if they pass the food safety inspections which will be conducted by the agency. This is to ensure the quality and safety of their products patronized by the general public.

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