In brief: Food Safety and Climate Change

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In 2020, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) published “Climate Change: Unpacking the Burden on Food Safety” to identify risks and recommend approaches for addressing hazards including pathogenic microbes, algal blooms, heavy metals, methylmercury, pesticides, and mycotoxins. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety prepared this brief synopsis of the report to provide an introduction to the potential effects of climate change on food safety and encourage food safety researchers to consider predicted climate impacts on foodborne illness.