CONSUMER FOOD SAFETY AND PUBLIC POLICIES OF INTERVENTION ON THE LABELING OF FOOD PRODUCTS

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Dr Syed Shameel
Ahmed Quadri
Manzar Rehman
Muhammad Abdullah khan
Asadullah
Atta Ur Rehman
Aamir Masood

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Abstract

Background: In recent decades, Pakistan has faced a series of emerging public health challenges, including food and medicine contamination, infectious disease outbreaks, and threats from biological warfare. Despite these issues, the broader societal focus has often been on individual medical concerns rather than collective public health strategies.


Objective: This abstract underscores the critical importance of the public health profession in addressing national health concerns, emphasizing the need for a robust public health safety network, trained professionals, and systemic prevention strategies.


Key Findings:


Collective vs. Individual Focus: While individual medical issues garner significant attention, the broader impact of public health threats on populations necessitates a more collective and systemic approach.


Prevention Over Cure: Public health emphasizes the importance of prevention. By establishing an efficient safety network and employing prevention strategies, potential health crises can be anticipated and mitigated before they escalate.


Need for Updated Professionals: As public health challenges evolve, there is an increasing demand for professionals with diverse skills, including economic assessment, system planning, and resource allocation.


Current System's Limitations: Pakistan's public health infrastructure faces challenges, including an imbalance between education and practice and a shortage of adequately trained professionals.


Global Perspectives: The international community underscores the importance of public health professional certification. Countries like the UK and the USA have initiated rigorous certification processes to ensure the quality and competence of public health professionals.


Legislation and Reform: Pakistan has made efforts towards legislating public health practices. However, these efforts need to be refined, ensuring exclusivity, clear roles, and effective implementation.

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