The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that the inaugural World Food Safety Day with the theme “Food Safety, everyone’s business” would be celebrated on June 7, 2019.
The organisation disclosed this in a statement shared on its website on Wednesday, May 22.
According to the statement, the day would help in efforts to raise awareness on the role of food in sustaining life and promoting good health.
The organisation said it would collaborate with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) to facilitate Member States effort to celebrate the Day this year and in coming years.
WHO disclosed that the World Food Safety Day was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2018 in a bid to mainstream food safety in the public agenda and reduce the burden of food borne diseases globally.
The statement read in part, “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.”