World Health Day 2015: A Cause for Safe Food

Appropriately following the recent World Water Day, this year the World Health Organization (WHO) has dedicated the World Health Day to food safety. Every year the WHO selects an area of global health concern to highlight for World Health Day on April 7, which is the birthday of the Organization. This year the theme is food safety.

Recently, we highlighted the importance of accessible, clean water. Consequently, a major repercussion of contaminated water is unsafe foods. Much like unclean water, poor food safety can lead to food poisoning and food-borne disease; the first Ebola cases were linked to contaminated meat.

This year, the World Health Organization urges countries to follow a collection of international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice for all main foods known as the Codex Alimentarius. This is an opportunity to shed light on basic food safety techniques and the expense of unsafe food.

Five Keys to Safer Food:

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Sources: who.int/foodsafety, World Health Organization: World Health Day 2015: Food Safety: Campaign Tool Kit.


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