Which Country in the World Has the Safest and Cleanest Food?

Which Country in the World Has the Safest and Cleanest Food?

Several recent salmonella outbreaks may have set the United States back in the rankings.

In America, only two percent of imported foods are inspected by the FDA. But elsewhere in the world, food safety and cleanliness are a top priority. In this year’s 2014 World Ranking Food Safety and Performance Report, which was actually produced by The Conference Board of Canada's Centre for Food in Canada in an effort to compare its own food safety to 16 other developed countries, Canada came out on top. The report analyzed 10 indicators like testing the food throughout the processing chain, pesticide and chemical levels, as well as radiation levels.

"Canada's excellent grades in most food safety performance metrics were due to its consistently low number of food-borne illness cases and reported recalls, Canada's new policy on allergen labeling, and a greater focus on transparency," said Dr. Jean-Charles Le Vallée, Senior Research Associate and lead author of the report. "This is good news as public trust for our food safety system is also growing."

According to the study, 67 percent of Canadians feel that their food is safer than it was five years ago. Since the study was produced by Canada itself, we might take a look at Oxfam’s world food systems rankings released earlier this year, which takes food safety into account. Overall, the Netherlands, France, and Switzerland were in the top three for the best food systems.

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi