World Food Safety Day: Food safety is everyone’s responsibility
World Food Safety Day is celebrated every year on June 7 to draw global attention to the health consequences of contaminated food and water.
Food safety is a shared responsibility between governments, producers, and consumers. Everyone has a role to play from farm to table to ensure the food we consume is safe and healthy. It aims to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage food-borne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism, and sustainable development.
Food is the third most basic thing for life after air and water. It is the starting point for our energy, which keeps us healthy and supports well-being. People often take for granted that it is safe, but in an increasingly complex and interconnected chain.
Hence, through World Food Safety Day, WHO pursues its efforts to mainstream food safety in the public agenda and reduce the burden of food-borne diseases globally.
WHO encourages that proper cooking kills almost all dangerous microorganisms & keeps food safe & healthy! Make sure you cook food to at least 70°C. Especially meat, poultry, eggs, and seafood.
Also, to commemorate the day, South Sudanese have been urged to practice safe handling of food to prevent contamination. Food and Agriculture Organization market development specialist, Sunday Lotidak Aryemo in a Radio Miraya publication seen by NCMP says proper food handling can be practiced in any environment to prevent diseases such as diarrhea.
She further called for routine checks of labels on all food packs before consumption.