Day 158 – The first World Food Day was celebrated on October 16, 1981. After acknowledging the global burden of food-borne diseases on individuals of all ages, the United Nations General Assembly then proclaimed in 2018 that every year, June 7th would be celebrated as World Food Safety Day.
“According to the World Health Organization (WHO), worldwide, unsafe food causes approximately 600 million cases of food-borne diseases and 420,000 deaths annually. Unsafe food is a serious threat to human health and economies. It is mostly the marginalized and vulnerable people, especially women and young children, migrants, and populations affected by conflict, who bear the brunt of it all. Food is the focal point for our health, energy, and our well-being. We often take for granted that all the food we eat is safe. But, in a progressively interconnected world where food value chains are constantly growing longer, there is a need for robust food-related standards and regulations to keep us safe.” – FirstCryParenting.com
Food safety is a shared responsibility between governments, producers and consumers. Everyone has a role to play from farm to table to ensure the food we consume is safe and healthy. Through the World Food Safety Day, WHO works to mainstream food safety in the public agenda and reduce the burden of food-borne diseases globally. Food safety is everyone’s business.
Calls to action
1 – Ensure it’s safe – Government must ensure safe and nutritious food for all.
2 – Grow it safe – Agriculture and food producers need to adopt good practices.
3 – Keep it safe – Business operators must make sure food is safe.
4 – Know what’s safe – Consumers need to learn about safe and healthy food.
5 – Team up for food safety – Work together for safe food and good health.
Be thankful for access to safe food and fight for those that do not. Everyone should be able to eat without fear of getting sick.
Tomorrow, preserving and protecting our oceans.