World Health Day 2015-Importance Of Food Safety
World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7 as this was the day when WHO was founded in 1948. Each year on the anniversary of the founding of WHO a theme is selected that is linked to public health. The World Health Day gives an opportunity to individuals of every community to involve themselves in activities that lead to better health.
This time the theme for World Health Day is food safety. Food safety is of extreme importance. Whatever we consume should be safe. Are you aware of the fact that globally 2 million people die annually due to unsafe food? Food that contains harmful viruses, bacteria or parasites is responsible for 200 + diseases ranging from diarrhea to cancer. You should be sure that the food you consume is safe.
New threats related to food safety are constantly surfacing. The factors that pose challenges to food safety systems are as follows:
- Changes in food production, its distribution and consumption
- Environmental changes
- Appearance of new kinds of pathogens
- Antimicrobial resistance
There are chances of contamination spreading internationally as there is an increase in travel and trade. There is a need to strengthen food safety systems in and between nations. This is why the WHO is promoting the efforts that need to be made to improve food safety at every stage, right from the farm to your plate on World Health Day, 7 April 2015.
The WHO helps countries in detecting and responding to outbreaks of food-borne diseases.
This is in line with the Codex Alimentarius, which is a collection of international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice covering all the main foods and processes.
WHO works with UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and alerts countries regarding food safety emergencies through an international information network.
Key points to keep in mind for safer food
Food safety is not the responsibility of one person. It is a shared responsibility. It is essential that each person involved in the food production chain right from farmers and manufacturers to vendors and consumers should take the responsibility. Here are 5 key points that vendors and consumers should remember while handling and preparing food.
Key 1: Keep clean
Key 2: Separate raw and cooked food
Key 3: Cook food thoroughly
Key 4: Keep food at safe temperatures
Key 5: Use safe water and raw materials.
The World Health Day 2015 is a golden opportunity to alert people coming from different professional fields about the importance food safety. Professionals and consumers can be made aware of the part they play in ensuring that the food in everybody’s plate is safe to consume.
Talking about consumers, do you play the role that you should be playing to ensure food safety? When you eat chaat from a street vendor do you make sure that the water he is using is safe or not? Street food is alluring, but it has to be safe as well. As it is out in the open, there are chances of contamination due to dust and flies. Is the restaurant you visit often a hygienic place? Do they cook under hygienic conditions? It is your right as a consumer to question them. After all, it is a matter of your health! So, let us arise, awake and work towards ensuring food safety.
How safe is the food you consume?
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