Wednesday, June 7 is World Food Safety Day. The annual event was established in 2018 by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness and inspire action to help prevent, detect, and manage foodborne risks.
This year’s theme is “Food Standards Save Lives,” which highlights the role of established food safety practices and standards to ensure food safety and quality.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries, companies, and educational institutions to further adoption of safe food practices. Following are this year’s calls to action:
Make safe food an easy choice by shaping public support for programs, such as food aid, school feeding and other publicly owned food outlets.
Focus on establishing a robust national food safety system and ensure it complies with food safety standards.
Encourage and engage in multisectoral collaboration at the local, national, regional, and global levels.
Engage employees, suppliers and other stakeholders to grow and develop a food safety culture.
Comply with national and international food standards.
Educational institutions and workplaces
Promote safe food handling.
Engage with families and involve them in food safety activities.
Support food safety education.