Every day people consume many foods. Food safety ensures that every stage of the food chain, from food to its production, processing, storage, distribution, preparation, is safe for people’s health.
With this purpose, World Food Safety Day is celebrated every year on 7 June. The event highlights efforts to control, detect and prevent food-borne diseases. On June 7, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly announced to celebrate World Food Safety Day on this date as an annual celebration with changing themes. It is an initiative started by the World Health Organization. Encouraged by the success of the first festival, the World Health Organization decided to continue the festival to spread awareness.
Food and shelter are essential necessities of life. Every person is dependent on clothes, food, water, air for his existence on earth. Food provides essential nutrients, carbohydrates, fats and proteins to maintain growth in our body. This special day contributes to food security, human health, economic growth, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development.
The World Health Organization recognizes the burden of food-borne diseases, which affect people of all ages, especially those in low-income countries and children under the age of 5. Therefore, it was announced to celebrate the special day every year from 2018 on 7th June. Last year the world’s health assembly passed another resolution to strengthen global efforts for food security to reduce the burden of foodborne illness. World Food Safety Day is celebrated jointly in collaboration with the relevant organizations and member countries. On this day the World Health Organization strives to reduce foodborne illness on the global surface.
Theme of World Food Safety Day 2021
This year’s theme for World Food Safety Day is ‘Safe Eating Today for a Healthy Tomorrow’ which focuses on eating and producing safe food. Being food safe benefits people, the planet and the economy in the immediate and long run.