The Saudi Food and Drug Authority recently clarified the difference between safe food and healthy food, through a video clip it posted on its official account on the “Twitter” site.
Safe food doesn’t have to be healthy
A food product is safe when it is devoid of the following sources of risk:
Sources of microbial risk: Viruses, or bacteria that cause diseases
Sources of chemical danger: Pesticide residues, or chemical pollutants such as lead and arsenic
Sources of physical danger: The presence of foreign materials that are not of the nature of the food product, such as plastic residues or insects
When one of these sources of risk exists in food, it is considered unsafe, and it is not permitted to be traded in the market.
As for the term unhealthy food, it refers to foods that have a low nutritional value, and that is when the product contains a high amount of sugar, salt, or fat, for example.
Therefore, it is not necessary that the safe product be a health product, for example, energy drinks, soft drinks, and sugar-sweetened drinks are unhealthy, but they are considered safe because they do not contain microbial, chemical, or physical hazards.
The damage that unhealthy foods can cause is due to an increase in consumption.
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