World Food Safety Day 2020: Important date, Significance, Theme World Food Safety Day 2020, History, World Food Safety Day Quotes

World Food Safety Day 2020: World Food Safety Day 2020 is celebrated on June 7 every year. The World Food Safety Day was facilitated by the World Health Organisation in collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations. Get information about theme of World Food Safety Day, History, Significance of observation World Food Safety Day 2020.

Updated: Jun 09, 2020 17:47 IST

World Food Safety Day 2020: Important date, Significance, Theme World Food Safety Day 2020, History, World Food Safety Day Quotes

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World Food Safety Day 2020

Food Safety Day is celebrated globally on June 7. By observing World Food Safety Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) pursues its efforts of maintaining food safety in the public agenda and reducing the burden of foodborne diseases globally. Food safety is the absence of safe, acceptable levels of hazards in food that may harm the health of consumers. People should come forward to raise awareness of food safety. It is the major essential for everyone to survive. Contamination or adulteration is food that should be banned by this effort. 

What is World Food Safety Day?

Food safety is everyone’s business. Food safety day has been celebrated globally on June 7 since 2019. The event was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organisation and a United Nations General Assembly. Food safety is a responsibility of everyone such as governments, producers and consumers. Every person in the world should act  in the Food Safety campaign to ensure the food we consume is safe. Food safety teaches everyone to preserve the food and not to waste food. Maintaining food safety will reduce the foodborne diseases around the world.

Why is World Food Safety Day 2020 observed?

According to WHO data, almost 1 in 10 people in the world fall ill eating contaminated food, with almost 1,25,000 death of children under 5 years. Around 600 million annual cases of the foodborne disease have been repeated every year. The development of any low and middle-income economies is hindered due to unsafe food. As a result, these countries lose around 95 US dollar billion in productivity associated with illness, disability, and premature death suffered by workers.

What is the World Food Safety Day 2020 Theme?

The theme for World Food Safety Day 2020  is “Food Safety”. Everyone along the supply chain plays a role to ensure it’s safe. Government creates and enforces food safety policies, makes sure important food is safe, and manages emergencies when it is not. Farmers and producers use practices that prevent or reduce contamination with harmful microbes, viruses, and chemicals. After harvest, food may be processed, packaged, transported, and distributed by food businesses who have to keep it safe along the way.

What is the importance of Food Safety Day 2020?

As a consumer, everyone needs to know about common food hazards and how to prepare and store food safely. Food safety is a shared responsibility. Governments, farmers, processors, distributors, retailers, and consumers need to work together to save food. Certain groups of people have a higher risk for food poisoning: children younger than 5, pregnant women, adults over 65, and people with weakened immune systems. Safety in food is very much important to live a long life. 

History of World Food Safety Day

World Food Safety Day adopted on June 7 by the General Assembly.  Food safety is the absence of safe, acceptable levels of hazards in food that may harm the health of consumers. Foodborne hazards may be microbiological, chemical, or physical in nature and are invisible to the plain eye: bacteria, viruses, pesticides are a few examples. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the World Health Organisation plays the leading role in setting international food standards to protect the health of consumers and in ensuring fair practices in the food trade. 

This day was instituted by the United Nations General Assembly with an aim to highlight the importance of safe food and to reduce problems related to it. Due to COVID-19 people from different countries celebrated the World Food Safety Day 2020 online by conducting a webinar on food safety, uploading their recipe, speech about the importance of food safety, etc.

How is the World Food Safety Day Celebrated?

Food safety contributes to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism, and sustainable development. Food goes through a lot of steps before it reaches the consumers. Everyone along the supply chain plays a role to ensure it’s safe. People celebrate this day by cooking and eating organic foods and do not store food. People avoid wasting food and the preference for contaminated food. 

2019 World Food Safety Day Theme 

The theme for 2019 was “Food Safety- Everyone’s Business”. Everyone has rights to safe, healthy, and nutritious food. Food goes through a lot of steps before it reaches the consumers. The main goal of World Food Safety Day is zero percent hunger, good health, and wellbeing, responsible consumption, and production. Food safety day is a great initiative from the United Nations. People salute all formers, producers, and distributors on this day providing safe food. People use lots of vegetables in their recipe to support farmers. 

World Food Safety Day Special Quotes

Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food - Hippocrates

Food safety involves everybody in the food chain-Mike Johanns

Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul-Dorothy Day

Get people back into the kitchen and combat the trend toward processed food and fast food-Andrew Weil

The food that enters the mind must be watched as closely as the food that enters the body-Pat Buchanan

World Food Safety Day - FAQ

1. What is meant by Zero Hunger?

Zero hunger refers to the fact that everyone is fed enough to grow. If everyone consumes their food correctly then there is no hunger.

2. Why is hunger a problem?

Hunger begins with poverty. People lack the resources to grow their own food. There are many causes of poverty that contribute to the problem of world hunger. Million of people live in hunger and malnourishment as they cannot afford to buy enough food, nutritious foods.

3. Why is hunger a problem in India?

Hunger in India is because of lack of access to food, failures in proper establishment of agriculture, small farms etc. The rate of malnutrition is worse in India that leads to hunger and poverty.

4. Does the UN Sustainable Development Goal include Zero Hunger?

Yes! Zero hunger is one of the goals of UN Sustainable development that will be achieved by 2030. This makes sure all people, especially children have access to sufficient and nutritious food all year round.

5. Which country topped the Global Hunger Index in 2019?

India ranked 102 of 117 countries in the Global Hunger Index 2019. Countries including Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Cuba, and Kuwait shared the top rank of less than five in the Global Hunger Index 2019.

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