Today (7th June 2020) is the second World Food Safety Day (WFSD) and the theme of this year is “Food safety, everyone’s business”, which is same as the previous year’s theme.
World Food Safety Day 2020 is going to promote global food safety awareness and call upon countries and decision makers, the private sector, civil society, UN organizations and the general public to take action. Food supply chains now cross multiple national borders. Good collaboration between governments, producers and consumers helps ensure food safety.
The UN General Assembly designated 7 June as World Food Safety Day in 2018 to raise awareness at all levels and to promote and facilitate actions for global food safety.
Why is Food Safety so important? / Why to create awareness about it?
- According to WHO report, an estimated 600 million – almost 1 in 10 people in the world – fall ill after eating contaminated food and 420 000 die every year
- Children under 5 years of age carry 40% of the foodborne disease burden, with 125 000 deaths every year.
- Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances, causes more than 200 diseases – ranging from diarrhoea to cancers.
Who does play the most important role to ensure Food safety?
Well, as you can see the theme, ” Food safety, everyone’s business“, everyone in the supply chain including the consumers play a role to ensure that the food you consume is safe. As the globalization is increasing the food mile is also increasing. Food safety has a direct impact on people’s health and the good thing about it that Foodborne diseases are preventable. Since everyone has a role to play in food safety, everyone can contribute to prevent foodborne diseases and contribute to the socioeconomic development
- Producers at the farm level
- Manufacturers/ Processor
- Those who prepare and serve
- Consumers themselves
- Government body
- Private organizations
- Educational institutions
What is Food Safety?
Food safety is about handling, storing and preparing food to prevent infection and help to make sure that our food keeps enough nutrients for us to have a healthy diet. Unsafe food and water means that it has been exposed to dirt and germs, or may even be rotten, which can cause infections or diseases such as diarrhoea, meningitis, etc.