World Food Safety Day (WSFD) is observed every year on 7 June to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks.
The objective of World Food Safety day 2021 is to focus on food security and highlight different areas relating to human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, and tourism, and sustainable development, according to the World Health Organisation.
WHO and FAO jointly celebrate this day and the Member States and other applicable organisations.
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All about World Food Safety Day 2021
First, World Food Safety Day was observed in June 2019 after the United Nations made an official announcement in 2018. Under this program, The World Health Organization (WHO), combines with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to celebrate World Food Safety Day on June 7, every year. The organization accepts that food safety subsequently affects national and global growth with a significant impact on the economy and welfare of the people.
Significance of World Food Safety Day
The UN believes that an approach to adequate amounts of safe and good food is the key to encouraging life and promoting good health.
It has a crucial role in convincing and educating people about the importance of food production, how it can stay safe at every stage of the food chain, and highlighting other things like food processing, storage, and production.
An estimated 4,20,000 people around the world die every year after eating contaminated food and children under 5 years of age carry 40% of the foodborne disease burden, with 1,25,000 deaths every year,” it further states.
Hence, to bring awareness among everyone else, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed in 2018 that June 7 would be celebrated every year. Later, in 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) passed a resolution to build up the global effort for food safety.
World Food Safety Day Theme
The theme of this year, ‘Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow’, stresses that production and consumption of safe food have quick and constant benefits for people, the world, and the economy. Acknowledging the systemic connections between the health of people, plants, animals, and the economy will help us to meet the demands of the future.
Tips on How to keep Your Food Safe
Unsafe food creates a ruthless cycle of malnutrition and disease. divide this circle by following these easy steps.”
These are the following tips
- Clean-Always wash your food, hands, counters, and cooking tools.
- Separate-Keep raw foods to themselves. Germs can spread from one food to another.
- Cook – Meals need to stay hot as heat kills germs.
- Chill- Once the food is at room temperature, store it in the fridge right away.
“Many countries have food safety systems from farm to table. Everybody involved in the food supply is required to follow standard food safety procedures. You would think that everyone involved with food would not want people to get sick from it.” – Marion Nestle
“One of the trends we’re seeing in food and agriculture is more and more consumers wanting to know things about their food and where and how it’s grown and what’s in it.” – Dan Glickman
“Food safety involves everybody in the food chain.”- Mike Johanns
“Get people back into the kitchen and combat the trend toward processed food and fast food.”- Andrew Weil
Everyone has to play a specific role to ensure the food we take is safe, healthy, and energetic. WHO works as a conformist for food safety in the public agenda and reduces the bundle of foodborne diseases all around. Food safety is everyone’s business.