The Central and South American Region embraces some of the greatest biodiversity on the planet. The region’s different climates set the stage for a wide range of food safety problems, resulting from the prevalence of pathogens, cultural practices that promote pathogen growth and spread, the globalization of trade, and increased travel and tourism.
Diarrhea caused by contaminated food and water is a major challenge for health authorities in many countries and communities that lack basic sanitary services.
International organizations have recognized foodborne diseases as a significant public health issue in the Central and South American Region, giving rise to a number of innovative programs to promote networking and collaboration among countries in Central and South America.
Consumer organizations in the Central & South American Region
Consumer organizations in the Central and South American Region address a variety of issues, including sustainable food production and consumption, comparative tests of food, strengthening food safety systems, food labelling policies of national governments, agricultural biotechnology issues, and consumer food safety education.
For the most recent news and alerts from the Central and South America Region, visit the Safe Food International Regional News website. Read about the following topics from the region:
- Latin America Food/Waterborne Illness Outbreaks
- Latin America Food Safety Studies
- Latin America Food Safety Policy Issues
- Animal/Plant Health Issues
For more information about the Central & South America Region, see the SFI publication Global & Local.