Many of us take it for granted that the food and water we consume is safe, but this is not the case for so many people around the world; the World Health Organization estimates that over 2 million deaths occur every year as a result of contaminated food or drinking water.
And for those who have access to safe food, do we question how the food and water arrived on our plates? How do farmers keep livestock safe from diseases?
World Health Day 2015 focuses on food safety, highlighting the importance of making food and water safe to consume. This series From farm to plate – make food safe features recently published articles from our microbiology and veterinary journals, investigating different aspects of food safety and security.