World Food Safety Day 2019

The first-ever World Food Safety Day, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2018, is celebrated today, June 07, 2019 under the theme “Food Safety, everyone’s business”. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is facilitating the celebration of the World Food Safety Day this year and in coming years.

According to WHO, access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. Foodborne diseases impede socioeconomic development by straining health care systems and harming national economies, tourism and trade. With an estimated 600 million cases of foodborne diseases annually – almost 1 in 10 people in the world fall ill after eating contaminated – food safety is an increasing threat to human health. Children under 5 years of age carry 40% of the foodborne disease burden with 125 000 deaths every year.

Food safety is key to achieving several UN Sustainable Development Goals and is a shared responsibility between governments, producers and consumers.

Everybody has a role to play from farm to table to ensure the food we consume is safe and will not cause damages to our health.

Through the World Food Safety Day, WHO pursues its efforts to mainstream food safety in the public agenda and reduce the burden of foodborne diseases globally.

Catbalogan City joins the global community in this advocacy firmly believing that there is no food security when there is no food safety.

This is further emphasized by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) through Memorandum Circular No. 2019-84 encouraging local government units to participate in the said proclamation.

For more information about this event, you may visit the website of WHO at https://www.who.int/…/…/celebration-of-world-food-safety-day

(Report by Ador Hurtado)

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