Rank order of hazards from food components

In general, in developed countries food safety is adequate. However, it should be noted that the information on the (chronic) toxicity of natural food components is insufficient. Further, a number of important health problems such as cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, allergy, and cancer are believed to be related to nutrition. Nutritional interventions could drastically reduce the incidence of these diseases.

There is a consensus of opinion among experts (nutritionists and food toxicologists) that food hazards should decrease in the following order of importance:

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