The second World Food Safety Day (WFSD) will be celebrated on 7 June 2020 to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism, and sustainable development.
Following the success of the first celebration in 2019, this year again WFSD reinforces the call to strengthen the commitment to scale up food safety made by the Addis Ababa Conference and the Geneva Forum in 2019 under the umbrella of “The Future of Food Safety”. WHO, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is pleased to facilitate Member States’ efforts to celebrate the World Food Safety Day.
This day is also an opportunity to promote awareness about how to keep our food supply safe. Organizations dedicated to improving the food and health system across the world like WHO and FSSAI shared some valuable tips to help you with keeping your food safer and away from contamination.
There is no food without food safety. While we often take for granted that the food we consume is safe, an estimated 600 million cases of foodborne diseases occur annually worldwide. Unsafe food is a threat to human health and economies, disproportionately affecting vulnerable and marginalized people, especially women and children, populations affected by conflict and migrants. It also damages global trade leading to further food waste, which can no longer be tolerated in a world where many still suffer from hunger. Food safety has become an impending concern which can be resolved only when international bodies, governments, producers, and consumers consider it a shared responsibility.