According to the World Health Organization, every year, 1 out of 10 people in the world fall sick due to the consumption of contaminated food. Food contamination is the cause of over 200 diseases, and every year, 48% of the parasitic diseases are transmitted through contaminated food. These figures clearly indicate why we need to take food safety seriously.
For this purpose, 7th June has been designated as WORLD FOOD SAFETY DAY by the UN General Assembly.
This year’s theme for the occasion is “Safer food, better health,” which focuses on raising awareness about food-borne risks and ways to prevent and manage them for a healthier future.
Before looking into ways to keep food safe,
Let us first look into how food gets contaminated at various stage
At the production stage, farm produce can be contaminated due to land contamination by toxic chemicals, and wastes let out by factories, contamination by the use of harmful chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
Animals reared for meat may get infected due to contaminated animal feed and carry microbes harmful to humans.
Due to spillages, industrial and agricultural wastes, domestic sewages, etc., Marine pollution leads to toxins being acquired by fish and other seafood.
This takes us back to WHO’s World Food Safety Day slogan – “Food safety is everyone’s business.” So let us look into how we all can take some steps towards safer food for better health.
“Let us create a world where governments, businesses, managers, food handlers, and all consumers prioritize food hygiene and safety. Because we all know that food is consumed by every human being every day, food safety is crucial for better health and a better future for mankind.
Article written by:
Veldhi Sai, HSE Trainer / Consultant, Green World Group – Dubai