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World Food Safety Day 2023: All you need to know about its history, significance & theme this year

World Food Safety Day is celebrated to raise public awareness of the need for high standards for food safety and promote improvements in economic and public health systems. The WHO has adopted “Food standards save lives” as its guiding principle for 2023.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.6 million people get sick every day as a result of contaminated food. In order to raise awareness of the need for high standards for food safety, June 7 of each year is designated as World Food Safety Day.

Food-borne illnesses including typhoid, E. coli, and others are sometimes caused by contagious bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Additionally, a surge in contaminated food and water might be caused by inadequate food safety rules. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that our food is free from contamination across the whole supply chain before it reaches our tables.

This international day is an opportunity to make sure that food safety principles and policies are a part of the public agenda in order to stop the spread of food-borne illnesses in its tracks. It serves as a reminder that the safety of our food is a shared responsibility. We must keep in mind that not only do food regulatory agencies have a role in ensuring the safety of our food, but also food producers, merchants, and even consumers.

After the United Nations General Assembly declared it in 2019, this year is its fifth iteration. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) jointly support the commemoration of this day.

Making sure that food stays untainted becomes a monumental effort given the sheer number of people and organizations that go into producing even one packet of food. This is where regulations established by regulating authorities like the WHO, the American Food and Drug Administration, and the Food and Agriculture Organization come into play.

This day is observed in order to raise public awareness of the need to identify, manage, and prevent foodborne risks, hence promoting improvements in both the economic and public health systems. To create a better and more sustainable future, food safety is essential.

Given that 1 in 10 people worldwide are impacted by food-borne illnesses, the theme for 2023 is to raise awareness of food standards to maintain the safety of the food we eat. The WHO has adopted “Food standards save lives” as its guiding principle for the coming year.

Conclusion:

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.6 million people get sick every day due to contaminated food. To raise awareness of the need for high standards for food safety, June 7 of each year is designated as World Food Safety Day.

This day is observed to raise public awareness of the need to identify, manage, and prevent foodborne risks, promoting improvements in both the economic and public health systems. The WHO has adopted “Food standards save lives” as its guiding principle for 2023. This year’s theme is to raise awareness of food standards to maintain the safety of the food we eat.

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