Food safety is one kind of distress that could potentially last generations. Decades after decades, the more humans are exploring the food the more there is a need to adhere to its safety as well. In a world full of uncountable food options to eat as well as cultivate, World Food Safety Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and action and highlight what everyone can do to ensure food safety. World Food Safety Day is celebrated every 7 June to prevent, identify, and address food hazards.
The goal is to focus on food security and highlight areas related to human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, and sustainable development. The World Health Assembly adopted a resolution to further strengthen global food safety efforts to reduce the severity and intensity of the foodborne disease.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations work closely with the Member States and other relevant agencies to promote World Food Day compliance. This International Day is an opportunity to make sure the food we eat is safe, put food safety on the agenda, and step up our efforts to reduce the severity of foodborne disease around the world.
The initial apprehensions about food safety began with the founding of the U.S. Department of Agriculture by Abraham Lincoln in 1862. From the USDA sprouted the Division of Chemistry, renamed the Bureau of Chemistry in 1901, which later transformed into the Food and Drug Administration in 1927. In 2018, the UN General Assembly announced that World Food Safety Day would be celebrated annually on June 7. Recognizing the global burden of foodborne disease affecting people of all ages, especially children under five and children in low-income countries, the United Nations General Assembly in 2018 announced on June 7 that this will become global food security.
The United Nations believes that access to adequate and safe food is the key to maintaining life and promoting health. World Food Safety Day plays an important role in educating people about food production, ensuring safety at all stages of the food chain, and highlighting other issues such as food processing, storage, and production.
This year’s theme is Safe Food Today for a Healthy Tomorrow. The fact that producing and consuming safe food brings immediate and long-term benefits. This year’s theme, “Safe Food Today for a Healthy Future”, highlights that producing and consuming safe food brings immediate and long-term benefits to people, the environment, and the economy. As WHO wrote: “Recognizing the systematic links between people, animals, plants, the environment, and economic health will help us meet the needs of the future."
Why improving food safety is important?
Food safety is used as a scientific method/discipline describing the handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent food-borne illness. Foodborne illnesses are usually contagious or toxic and often invisible to the naked eye as they are caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemicals that enter the body through contaminated food or water. This includes several routines that should be followed to avoid potential health hazards. In this way, food safety often overlaps with food defense to prevent harm to consumers.
Food Safety is everyone’s business.
This action-oriented campaign under the slogan “Food Safety, Business for All” raises awareness of food safety around the world and calls for action by countries and decision-makers, the private sector, civil society, UN organizations, and the public. How food is produced, stored, processed, and consumed affects its safety. Comply with global food standards, establish effective regulatory systems for food management, including emergency preparedness and response, ensure access to clean water, implement good agricultural practices (agriculture, water management, livestock, horticulture), and strengthening food safety management systems by food entrepreneurs and building consumer capacity to make healthy food choices are just some of the ways attempted to ensure food safety.
Food safety is a shared responsibility of the government, manufacturers, and consumers. From farms to consumers, everyone has a role to play in ensuring that the food we eat is safe and healthy. On World Food Day, WHO continues its efforts to put food safety on the public agenda and reduce the severity of foodborne diseases around the world.
Food safety and quality are critical to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and have a profound impact on many of the global challenges we face. The third concern for food safety saves lives. It is not only an important part of food security but also plays an important role in reducing foodborne disease. Each year, 600 million people suffer from approximately 200 types of foodborne illnesses. In terms of severity, these diseases are highest among the poor and adolescents. Foodborne illness also causes 420,000 preventable deaths each year.
Consuming and producing safe food brings immediate and long-term benefits to people, the planet, and the economy. By embracing digital innovation, promoting scientific solutions, and recognizing proven traditional knowledge, we can ensure that safe and healthy food is available for everyone in the future.
Unlike food, Food safety has a share in everyone’s plates.
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