About the book
Food safety and insecurity, malnutrition and poverty are severe interdependent development challenges. Almost half of world's population is living below the poverty line, suffers from chronic hunger and malnourishment. These numbers are the highest in developing countries, especially in Central and West African regions. The increase in food production, resulting from agricultural initiatives, is compromised by food borne diseases. Therefore, much effort is already deployed to address the threat from mycotoxins, major biotic constraints to food security causing losses in crop yield, human productivity and in export, and lowered performance of animal husbandry in addition to the direct human health impacts of increased incidence of cancers, growth stunting in children, reduced life expectancy and death. Other threats, such as salmonellosis, enterohemorrhagic, hepatitis A, acute and chronic aflatoxicosis, cholera, heavy metal poisoning, the threat of antibiotic resistance arising from improper use of veterinary drugs, and chronic pesticide and industrial chemical residue exposure need urgent attention. These pervasive problems, which affect children at a disproportionately high rate, require transformative science, engineering and policy solutions brought about by a knowledgeable workforce. This book intends to provide comprehensive information on critical food safety issues and applicable solutions to ensure a safe, controlled and sufficient food supply that will support economic growth and public health.