World Food Safety Day is observed on June 7 each year to raise awareness about the importance of safe food and to promote efforts to ensure food safety globally. It is a collaborative initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Each year, approximately 4,20,000 people worldwide die after eating contaminated food. Children under 5 years of age carry 40% of the burden of foodborne diseases, with 1,25,000 deaths every year.
The International Food Safety Day on 7 June is intended to raise awareness and inspire action to help prevent, detect, and manage foodborne health risks, and contribute to food security, human health, economic growth, agriculture, market access, and sustainable development.
- This year marks the fourth edition of the event, which is becoming more relevant in the world.
- Safer food and better health is the theme of World Food Safety Day 2023.
- The primary objective of the program is to facilitate successful prevention, detection, and management of foodborne illnesses, as well as economic prosperity, agriculture, tourism, market access, and sustainable development.
Here are some activities to build around the day:
Spend time with your Tribe to talk about food that is safe for consumption, free from contaminants, and properly handled to prevent foodborne illnesses.
Share your opinions on food safety on social media, and how to ensure that the food we eat is healthy and nutritious.
Got to schools and encourage children to eat fruits, veggies and healthy meals.
Sponsor a food quiz that will interest people of all ages. Activities that can make everyone curious about healthy lifestyle through healthy FOODS.
Create awareness even at home with your family. Kitchen activities like: handwashing, food storage and keeping a clean cooking environment.
You can start your own campaign on healthy eating.
Engage local farmers in conversations and support their right to adequate facilities for safe food production.
To maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is crucial to have access to safe food. Bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical compounds can enter the body through contaminated food, water or surfaces, causing foodborne illnesses that are usually infectious or toxic.
From production and harvesting to processing, storage, and distribution, all the way through preparation and consumption, food safety is crucial to ensuring that food remains safe throughout the food chain.