June 7 is World Food Safety Day. The United Nations has announced that it will call public attention to the health effects of polluted food and water.With the second World Food Safety Day (7 June 2020), we all have an opportunity this year to remember the people who help us ensure the health of our food.
The Second World Food Safety Day (WFSD) will highlight and encourage initiatives aimed at preventing, identifying, and managing food threats, contributing to food protection , human health , economic sustainability, agriculture, market access, tourism, and sustainable growth.Safety of food has a vital role to play at all stages of the food chain – from cultivation to harvest, processing , storage, distribution to preparation and consumption – to ensure that food is healthy.
Contaminated food leads to Food-borne disease which is a gastrointestinal tract (GI) infection or inflammation caused by foods or beverages that contain harmful bacteria , parasites, viruses or chemicals. Symptoms of serious food-borne disease include vomiting , diarrhea, stomach pain, sore throat.
Theme of the 2020 World Food Safety Day
Under the theme “Food Security, Everyone’s Business ” ,The action-oriented campaign will encourage global food health, and call on the countries and policy makers, the private sector , civil society, UN agencies, and the general public to take action .
Five point to call for Food Security is Everyone Business:
- Ensure it’s safe – Authorities need to make sure food for all is healthy and nutritious.
- Safe growing – Good practices are required for farmers and food producers.
- Keep it safe – Business owners need to ensure their food is healthy.
- Eat it clean: all consumers have a right to food that is safe, organic and nutritious.
- Health team – Food security is a joint responsibility.
Key Facts on Food Safety
- An estimated 600 million – almost one in ten people around the world – die each year after consuming tainted food and 420,000 die, contributing to the loss of 33 million years of healthy living (DALYs).
- Each year US$ 110 billion in production and medical expenditures was wasted in low- and intermediate-income countries as a result of inadequate food.
- Kids under 5 carry 40% of the risk of food-borne disease, with 125 000 deaths per year.
- Food protection, nutrition and food health are connected . Unsafe food produces a dangerous cycle of sickness and malnutrition, affecting babies, young children , the elderly and the poor in particular.
Food Safety Initiatives
- Provide the scientific basis for action in the food chain to reduce foodborne threats to health.
- Increase cross-sectoral international and regional cooperation, boost coordination and advocacy.
- Leadership and assistance in the establishment and enhancement of integrated, risk-based national food safety systems.