World Food Safety Day 2021: Theme this year, History and Significance

To ensure safe food reaches every being on Earth, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations decide to celebrate 7th June as the “World Food Safety Day”. Know about this year's theme, significance of this day and the reason why it is observed.
Created On: Jun 7, 2021 10:28 IST
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World Food Safaty Day 7 June
World Food Safaty Day 7 June

As they say and wisely say, "Health is wealth".  But what is our food is not safe? How would our health be? This brought the attention of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) to observe June 7 as World Food Safety Day every year. Know the significance of this day, this year's theme and other details about this day here. 

Food,Clothing and Shelter are termed as the basic needs of the human beings.  Indian and international agencies are striving hard to provide adequate information to the general masses about the importance of the safe food.

World Food Safety Day 2021: Theme

The theme this year (2021) is ‘Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow’. The theme encourages the consumption of the right kind of food, beneficial for both human beings and the environment.

Every year 600 million people fall prey to various food borne diseases. Among these children below 5 years of age are at a higher risk. Poverty ridden sections are more prone to illnesses due to unhygienic food consumption. 

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World Food Safety Day: History

The United Nations (UN) assigned two of its agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to lead efforts in promoting food safety around the world.

World Health Organisation (WHO) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations decided to celebrate 7th June as the First food safety day since 7th June 2019.

A resolution was adopted on December 20, 2018, by the United Nations General Assembly to mark June 7 as the day "celebrating the myriad benefits of safe food". The World Health Assembly (WHA) passed a resolution on August 3, 2020, declaring June 7 - the World Food Safety Day every year.

The first ever World Food Safety Day, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2018. The theme of the first ever Food Safety Day 2019 was "Food Safety, everyone's business".

What is Food Safety?

Food safety is the absence or safe, acceptable levels of hazards in food that may harm the health of consumers. Food-borne hazards can be chemical or physical in nature and are often invisible to the plain eye.

Examples:  Viruses, bacteria or pesticide residues and microbiological elements etc.

Why is food safety necessary?

As per an estimation nearly 600 million people in the world fall ill and 420,000 die after eating food contaminated by viruses, bacteria, parasites or chemical substances every year.

Unsafe food also hampers development in many low- and middle-income economies, which lose around US$ 95 billion in productivity associated with disability, illness, and premature death of the workers.

 

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