The World Food Safety Day is celebrated on June 7 every year. World Food Safety Day focuses on preventing, identifying, and managing food security risks to promote safe and healthy food for all.
What is food safety
Before discussing world food safety day, let’s look at what food safety is.
Food safety is the absence of acceptable and safe levels of hazards in food that can harm consumers’ health. The hazards posed by food can be microbiological, chemical, or physical and invisible to the naked eye. Examples are bacterial, viral, or pesticide contaminants.
Food safety plays a crucial role in ensuring food safety at every stage of the food chain, from production to harvesting, processing, storage, distribution, preparation, and consumption.
Lack of food safety can be detrimental to the health of consumers. Therefore, World Food Safety Day is celebrated every year to mark the importance of food safety.
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Every year, 600 million people suffer from foodborne illness, and unsafe food poses a threat to human health and the economy. It affects vulnerable and marginalized individuals, especially women and children, the conflict-affected population, and migrants.
Every year, 3 million people in developed and developing countries around the world die from food and waterborne diseases.
Food is the starting point for our energy, health, and well-being. We often think it is safe. But in an increasingly complex and interconnected world, as food value chains continue to grow, standards and regulations become more important in keeping us safe.
A Historical Look at Food Safety
Although foodborne illness seems to be increasing year by year, the reality is that people have been suffering from foodborne illnesses since the beginning.
In fact, many food processing methods, such as cooking, salting, canning, and fermenting, were motivated by a desire to reduce foodborne illness.
The improved capabilities of the modern food safety system to detect pathogens and issue recalls have increased our awareness and actions to mitigate food safety emergencies.
The historical explanation of food poisoning dates back to ancient times. The first documented case of known food poisoning dates back to 323 BC.
According to a doctor at the University of Maryland who studied the symptoms and historical records of Alexander the Great, the ancient ruler is believed to have died of typhoid fever due to Salmonella.
The science and technology that we benefit from today did not exist hundreds of years ago, but people have long been interested in food quality and safety.
Historians believe that the first British food law, “the Assize of Bread,” was proclaimed by King John of England in 1202, banning the falsification of bread with ingredients such as peas and beans.
Historians believe that the first British food law, “Bread Size,” was proclaimed by King John of England in 1202, banning the falsification of bread with ingredients such as peas and beans.
The American colonialists enacted an “Assize of Bread ” regulation in 1646, and in 1785 the Massachusetts Anti-Selling Act was passed. It is believed to be the first food safety law in the United States.
Why is world Food safety day needed?
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Access to adequately safe and nutritious foods is key to maintaining life and promoting good health. Foodborne illnesses are hampering socio-economic development by tightening health care systems and harming national economies, tourism, and trade.
It is estimated that there are 600 million foodborne diseases annually. One in 10 people in the world becomes ill from eating unhealthy foods, and food safety is a growing threat to human health. Children under the age of 5 suffer from 40% of food poisoning, and 125,000 die each year.
Food safety is important to achieve several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and it is a responsibility between governments, manufacturers, and consumers.
Everyone from the farm to the table has a role in ensuring that our food is safe and not harmful to our health. Through World Food safety Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) is pursuing key food safety initiatives on the public agenda and reducing the burden of foodborne diseases globally.
When was the first World Food Safety Day celebrated?
In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly named June 7 World Food Safety Day. June 7, 2019, marks the first anniversary of World Food Safety Day, and the theme for World Food safety Day 2019 was ‘Food safety, Everybody’s Business.
World Food Safety Day 2020
World Food Safety Day (WFSD) was celebrated on June 7, 2020, to promote food safety, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, tourism, and sustainable development to prevent, identify and manage food hazards.
Following the success of the first world food safety day celebrations in 2019, they strengthened the demand for strengthening the commitment to enhance food Safety made by the Addis Ababa Conference and the Geneva Forum under the theme of “The Future of Food Safety” again this year.
The World Health Organization was working with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to promote efforts by the member States to celebrate World Food Safety Day.
Under the theme “Food safety is everyone’s business,” the action-oriented campaign promoted awareness of global food safety and called on countries and decision-makers, the private sector, civil society, United Nations organizations, and the general public to take action.
World Food Safety Day 2021
World Food Safety Day (WFSD), celebrated on June 7, 2021, intends to bring attention and stimulate actions that will help prevent, identify and manage food-related risks. They contribute to food safety, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, access to markets, tourism, and sustainable development security.
World food safety day 2021 theme, “Today’s Safe Food for a Healthy Tomorrow,” emphasizes that the production and consumption of safe food will bring short-term and long-term benefits to people, the planet, and the economy.
Recognizing the systemic relationships between human, animal, plant, environmental and economic health will help us meet the needs of the future.
The United Nations General Assembly recognized the global burden of foodborne diseases affecting people of all ages, especially children under five and those living in low-income countries.
In 2020 world food safety day, the World Health Organization decided to strengthen efforts on food safety to reduce the burden of foodborne illness. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) jointly facilitate World Food safety Day with member countries and other relevant organizations.
How to celebrate world food safety day.
Four tips for food safety
Many of us think about the changes that make our lives happier and healthier and are determined to make them work. Sometimes changes like losing 40 pounds or training for a marathon are big and challenging, and they are so difficult in work stress, family responsibilities, etc., that we forget. But deciding to take small, simple steps to keep food safe is not a big or difficult task and can pay off big.
So, here are some suggestions.
Be sure to wash your hands before, during, and after handling food. Hand washing can save more lives than any vaccine or medical intervention, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To do this effectively, wash your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap. Rub your hands together to create foam and scrub well for at least 20 seconds. Then, use Air dry or a clean paper towel.
If you only have one cutting board, decide to get another one to prevent pathogens from moving from one food to another in what is known as cross-contamination. Use one for foods that you will cook, such as meat, poultry, and seafood, and the other for foods, such as fruits and vegetables, that will be eaten raw. In this way, the raw vegetables are not contaminated by the juices of the food to be cooked. When you get a new cutting board, get a dishwasher-safe one. The boiling water and strong detergent typically used in dishwashers can eliminate many bacteria.
Using a food thermometer, you can ensure that the internal temperature is hot enough to destroy any existing pathogens in meat, chicken, fish, and casseroles.
145 ° F for whole meats (Rest for 3 minutes before carving or consuming meat).
160 ° F for ground meat.
165 ° F for all poultry.
165 ° F for the casserole and the rest.
Similarly, it is good to get an appliance thermometer to ensure your refrigerator is 40ºF or less. Bacteria rapidly multiply between 40ºF and 140ºF. More bacteria, the more chance to get someone sick. Most refrigerators only have a cold – hot adjustment, so the only way to know the temperature is to put it inside a thermometer. It is good to keep one in the refrigerator to ensure the temperature is 0ºF or less.
Tips to Reduce Food Waste
We can all contribute to achieving the National Food Waste Reduction Goal by reducing food waste by 50% by 2030. following tips might help you to reduce food waste, save money and protect the environment.
At the Grocery Store
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- Before going to a grocery store, prepare and write your shopping list. As you write your list, think about what foods you will be preparing for next week, and check your fridge to see what you have.
- When you’re in the store, buy only what you need and stick to your shopping list. Be careful when you are buying products in bulk, especially for products with a limited shelf life.
- If available, buy “ugly” fruits or vegetables often leftover from the grocery store but are safe to eat. The “ugly” product has physical defects but is not damaged or rotten. Sometimes, we can find ” Ugly” fruits and vegetables at discounted prices. But they are safe and nutritious.
- When eating out, ask for small portions to prevent plate waste. Instead of keeping food on your plate, you can request a take-away box to carry leftovers.
Storage and Preparation in the Kitchen
- Refrigerate peeled or cut vegetables to keep them fresh and prevent them from going bad.
- Have a special place in your refrigerator for food that you think will go bad in a few days.
- Check your refrigerator regularly to see what you have and what needs to be used. Eat or freeze items before throwing them away.
- If you have more food than you can use or want, consider donating extra foods to a local food pantry or food drive.
- Learn more about food dating. Many customers often misunderstand the purpose and significance of the dates on packaged foods. The confusion over marking the date is estimated at 20 percent of food waste from consumers.
Happy Holiday…! Remember to BE FOOD SAFE
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Cookies are a holiday favorite and, this season is an excellent time to remind us that all types of ready-to-cook foods, including raw, packaged cookie dough, must be cooked. If you eat these types of foods straight out of the package without cooking them, you can get sick with bacteria. Cooking them before you eat them according to the directions in the package will kill bacteria that could make you sick.
Whether it’s a packaged cookie dough or a meal we use for frozen entrees or pizza or any other convenience, cooking or baking them according to the instructions on the package will help keep your holiday happy.
Most people who get sick because of bacteria from ready-to-cook foods that haven’t been properly cooked get better on their own, although the foodborne illness isn’t an enjoyable way to spend the vacation.
But anyone of any age or health condition can get very sick from these bacteria. This is especially true for people with weakened immune systems; For example, very young, old, and people on medicine weaken the immune system or suppress the immune system.
Pregnant women should take special care to follow the cooking instructions on the packages as some bacteria are very harmful or deadly to unborn babies.
A good safety tip to keep in mind, not just during the holidays but throughout the year: Follow the instructions on ready-to-cook food packages to help keep you and your loved ones healthy.
World Food Safety Day quotes
Every individual worldwide must actively participate in the world Food Safety Day Campaigns to ensure that their food is safe. Food safety teaches everyone to conserve food, not to waste it. Hence, here is a list of World Food Safety Day quotes to post on your social media to help raise awareness of the day and its significance.
Food safety involves everybody in the food chain.Mike Johanns
Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.Hippocrates
We’re going to do everything possible to make sure that food safety is always paramount, and that we work with the industry as aggressively as we can to make sure that we’re paying attention to the food-safety issues.Mike Johanns
Human beings do not eat nutrients, they eat food.Mary Catherine Bateson
Civilization as it is known today could not have evolved, nor can it survive, without an adequate food supply.Norman Borlaug
Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.Marcus Tullius Cicero
My favorite time of day is to get up and eat leftovers from dinner, especially spicy food.David Byrne
I always knew that food and wine were vital, with my mother being Italian and a good cook.Robert Mondavi
Confit is the ultimate comfort food, and trendy or not, it is dazzling stuff.Sally Schneider
The food that enters the mind must be watched as closely as the food that enters the body.Pat Buchanan