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Two years ago, World Food Safety Day was celebrated for the first time on June 7, 2019. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2018. This year, it is celebrated under the slogan "Food Safety, Everyone’s Business". 

Thanks to the availability of information on foodfakty.pl, we present interesting information about the World Food Safety Day. 

What is food safety? 

Food safety is the lack of - or safe, acceptable level - of hazards present in food that can harm consumer health. Food-borne hazards can be microbiological, chemical or physical and are often invisible to the normal eye: bacteria, viruses or pesticide residues are some examples. 

Food safety plays a key role in ensuring that food is safe at every stage of the food chain - from production to harvesting, processing, storage, distribution, preparation and consumption. 

It is estimated that, with 600 million cases of food-borne diseases, it threatens human health and the economy, disproportionately affecting vulnerable and marginalized people, especially women and children, conflict-affected populations and migrants. It is estimated that 3 million people worldwide - in developed and developing countries - die every year from food and waterborne diseases. Food is the starting point for our energy, our health and our well-being. We often take it for granted that it is safe, but in an increasingly complex and global world where food chains are lengthening, standards and regulations are increasingly important to keep us safe. 

"Food Safety, Everyone’s Business" 

In connection with this year's World Food Safety Day, which is celebrated on June 7, the campaign under the slogan "Food Safety, Everyone’s Business" is underway. The campaign is focused on promoting global awareness of food safety and calls on countries and policy makers, the private sector, civil society, UN organizations and the general public to take action. 

The way food is produced, stored, processed and prepared for consumption affects the safety of the food we consume. Compliance with global food standards, establishing effective food control systems, including emergency preparedness and response, ensuring access to clean water, applying good agricultural practices (land, water, farming, gardening), strengthening the use of food safety management systems by food business operators and building consumers' ability to make healthy food choices, are some of the ways governments, international organizations, the world of science, the private sector, and civil society operate to ensure food safety. 

Food safety is a shared responsibility of governments, producers and consumers. Everyone has a role-to-play role to play to ensure that the food we eat is safe and will not harm our health. As part of World Food Safety Day, WHO is striving to integrate food safety into mainstream public policy and reduce the burden of food-borne diseases worldwide. 

Food safety and sustainable development goals 

Food safety is the key to achieving several sustainability goals, and World Food Safety Day puts this topic in focus to help prevent, detect and manage food-related risks. Safe food contributes to economic prosperity by stimulating agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development. 

Goal 2 - There is no food security without food security. The end of hunger is that all people have access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food throughout the year. 

Objective 3 - Food safety has a direct impact on human health. Food-borne diseases can be prevented. 

Goal 12 - When countries strengthen their regulatory, scientific and technological capabilities to ensure food safety and expected quality throughout the food chain, they strive for more sustainable patterns of food production and consumption. 

Goal 17 - A globalized world with annual food exports currently exceeding USD 1.6 trillion and complex food systems requires international collaboration between sectors to ensure food safety. Food safety is a shared responsibility of governments, the food industry, producers and consumers. 

 

Source:

1) https://foodfakty.pl/swiatowy-dzien-bezpieczenstwa-zywnosci-2020 
2) https://www.who.int/news-room/campaigns/world-food-safety-day/2020

 

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