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Codex Alimentarius: Guidelines on food hygiene to control foodborne parasites

Examples include Toxoplasma gondii and Taenia solium (pork tapeworm) which can be carried by animals and transmitted to humans when they eat contaminated meat that is raw or undercooked.

Friday 1 July 2016 (1 years 9 months 26 days ago)

Guidelines on food hygiene to control foodborne parasites
AGREED – 27 June 2016

Foods including meat, milk, fish, fruit and vegetables can be contaminated with different parasites. Examples include Toxoplasma gondii and Taenia solium (pork tapeworm) which can be carried by animals and transmitted to humans when they eat contaminated meat that is raw or undercooked. Humans infected with Taenia solium can develop brain cysts, and this is the most frequent preventable cause of epilepsy in the world. Three key ways to control foodborne parasites are to prevent infection in farmed food animals, prevent contamination of fresh and processed foods, and inactivate parasites in foods during processing (e.g. freezing, heat treatment). The guidelines adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission provide information on hygienic production of various types of foods to control parasites and protect health.

Monday June 29, 2016/ FAO.
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cesarEducation/research01-Jul-2016 (1 years 9 months 26 days ago)

Brain cysts will be developed if the person have contact with human feces contaminated with eggs of Taenia solium, not because the person is infected with it.

www.3tres3.comAgronomist01-Jul-2016 (1 years 9 months 26 days ago)

Dear Cesar,
Thanks for your comment.
According to WHO:
*Taeniasis is an intestinal infection caused by adult tapeworms.
*Taeniasis is acquired by humans through the ingestion of tapeworm larval cysts (cysticerci) in undercooked pork.
*Human tapeworm carriers excrete tapeworm eggs in their faeces and contaminate the environment when they defecate in open areas.
*Humans can also become infected with T. solium eggs by ingesting contaminated food or water (human cysticercosis), or as a result of poor hygiene.
*Ingested eggs develop to larvae (called cysticerci) and migrate through the human body. When they enter the central nervous system they can cause neurological symptoms (neurocysticercosis), including epileptic seizures.
For more information: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs376/en/

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