Explore this issueAugust/September 2014
A report issued by the UN’s FAO and WHO details the dangers of foodborne parasites in various parts of the world. It highlighted the top 10 parasites: Taenia solium (pork tapeworm), Echinococcus granulosus (hydatid worm or dog tapeworm found in produce), Echinococcus multilocularis (a type of tapeworm in produce), Toxoplasma gondii (protozoa in red meat), Cryptosporidium spp. (protozoa in produce, juice, and milk), Entamoeba histolytica (protozoa in produce), Trichinella spiralis (pork worm), Opisthorchiidae (family of flatworms in freshwater fish), Ascaris spp. (roundworms in produce), and Trypanosoma cruzi (protozoa in fruit juices). The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene is now developing a set of guidelines to help tackle these parasites with a new set of standards.