Food Safety, Everyone’s Business
There is no food security without food safety. Ending hunger is about all people having access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round.
The United Nations believe that improving food safety contributes positively to trade, employment and poverty alleviation. In support the Codex Alimentarius Commission unanimously agreed to promote a proposal to proclaim a World Food Safety Day on a permanent basis within the framework of the United Nations.
Thanks to the widespread efforts of Codex Members, United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organisation (WHO), together with the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the African Union (AU) and along with other observer organisations including the general public have all collaborated and joined forces in their support.
The concentrated efforts of many in their support for food safety have now founded a UN day dedicated to food safety.
The 2019 inaugural World Food Safety Day will be a chance for everyone to take a moment to think about something we often take for granted: food safety. The international community will speak with one voice to promote awareness and inspire actions for safer food.
Why concentrate efforts on safe food?
The complexity of ensuring food safety, the rapid changes that the world is undergoing in terms of science, technology, innovation, trade and climate-related aspects has been the catalysts for the annual World Food Safety Day.
Unsafe food is a threat to human health and economies, disproportionately affecting vulnerable and marginalised people, especially women and children, populations affected by conflict and migrants. It also damages global trade leading to further food waste, which can no longer be tolerated in a world where many still suffer from hunger.
The new annual observance will draw attention and provide a unique opportunity to inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity and sustainable development.
The direct efforts to stopping the roughly 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses that occur annually adversely contributing to the loss of billions of dollars annually.
Safe food is critical to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. When food is not safe, it negatively impacts our food security and nutrition, health, the development of children and the ability of adults to lead productive lives.
The celebration is a unique opportunity to inspire a collaboration of minds and the platform to discuss;
• ways in which food safety can incentivise healthy diets; and,
• how the United Nations can further support the efforts to improve food safety.
Food hygiene are the conditions and measures necessary to ensure the safety of food from production to consumption. Food can become contaminated at any point during slaughtering or harvesting, processing, storage, distribution, transportation and preparation. Lack of adequate food hygiene can lead to foodborne diseases and death of the consumer.
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