The first ever World Food Safety Day is being celebrated today under the slogan “Food safety, everyone’s business”.
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.
WHO/Europe is working alongside other regions as well as partner organizations, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Codex Alimentarius, a global organization that supports food safety with a collection of standards, guidelines and codes of practice established by WHO and the FAO, to protect consumer health and promote fair practices in food trade. (WHO)