New Delhi: World Food Safety Day is observed every year on June 7 as per the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The day aims to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development.
World Food Safety Day History
Recognizing the global burden of foodborne diseases, which affect individuals of all ages, especially those living in low-income countries, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed in 2018 that every 7 June would be World Food Safety Day.
In 2020, the World Health Assembly further passed a resolution to strengthen global efforts for food safety to reduce the burden of foodborne disease. WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) jointly facilitate the observance of World Food Safety Day.
World Food Safety Day Significance Amid COVID-19
Through the World Food Safety Day, WHO works to mainstream food safety in the public agenda and reduce the burden of foodborne diseases globally. According to WHO, food safety has a critical role in assuring that food stays safe at every stage of the food chain – from production to harvest, processing, storage, distribution, all the way to preparation and consumption.
As per WHO, an estimated 420 000 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 125 000 deaths every year.
The best way to avoid COVID-19 is through good hygiene practices, including in food production and consumption.
Since foodborne diseases are usually invisible to the eye and infectious or toxic in nature, food safety has a critical role in assuring that food stays safe at every stage of the food chain – from production to harvest, processing, storage, distribution, all the way to preparation and consumption.
World Food Safety Day 2021 Theme
This year’s theme is ‘Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow’. With this, WHO intends to stress the fact that the production and consumption of safe food have immediate and long-term benefits for people, the planet, and the economy.
Recognizing the systemic connections between the health of people, animals, plants, the environment and the economy will help us meet the needs of the future, it stated.