‘If it is not safe, it is not food’ – Commemorates the first-ever World Food Security Day at FSSAI headquarters, New Delhi held on 7th June 2019.
World Food Security Day or the World Food Safety day is celebrated to draw awareness and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, adding to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism, and sustainable development. It was first celebrated in 2019, to strengthen the commitment to scale up food safety made by the Addis Ababa Conference and the Geneva Forum in 2019 under the umbrella of ‘The Future of Food Safety‘. And the second edition of the World Food Safety Day (WFSD) was celebrated on 7th June 2020. Let us know more about the World Food Security Day-quotes and importance.
World Food Security Day 2020
There is no food without food safety. Food safety is key to achieving several of the Sustainable Development Goals and World Food Safety Day brings it into the spotlight, to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks. About 600 million cases of foodborne diseases occur annually worldwide.
Safe food contributes to economic prosperity, boosting agriculture, market access, tourism, and sustainable development. It has become an impending concern which can be resolved only when international bodies, governments, producers, and consumers consider it a shared responsibility.
The success of the first celebration in 2019, is really an inspiration for WHO and FAO to celebrate this year too the WFSD and reinforces the call to strengthen the commitment to scale up food safety. The United Nations (UN) has assigned two of its agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to lead efforts in bettering food safety around the world.
The UN has developed a guide to discuss why food safety is necessary and how it could be achieved. The guide has five key points:
- Governments must ensure safe and nutritious food for all.
- Agriculture and food producers need to adopt good practices.
- Business operators must make sure food is safe.
- All consumers have a right to safe, healthy, and nutritious food.
- Food safety is a shared responsibility.
- Safe, nutritious, and sufficient food is key to promoting health and ending hunger, which is two of the main aims of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Food Safety Index (SFSI)
FSSAI has developed the first State Food Safety Index (SFSI) to measure the performance of States on five parameters of food safety. The categories include:
- Human Resources and Institutional Arrangements
- Food Testing- Infrastructure and Surveillance
- Training and Capacity Building
- Consumer Empowerment
A new-age, hand-held battery-operated device called ‘Raman 1.0’ to perform rapid detection (in less than 1 minute) of economically driven adulteration in edible oils, fats, and ghee. An innovative solution to take food safety to schools called the ‘Food Safety Magic Box’. This do-it-yourself food testing kit comprises a manual and equipment to check for food adulterants, which school children can use in their classroom laboratories. FSSAI has instituted the ‘Eat Right Awards’ to recognize the contribution of food companies and individuals to empower citizens to choose safe and healthy food options, which would help improve their health and well-being.
‘Food Safety, Everyone’s Business’.
Sustainable Development Goals
- Goal 2 — There is no food security without food safety. Ending hunger is about all people having access to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food all year round.
- Goal 3 — Food safety has a direct impact on people’s health and nutritional intake. Foodborne diseases are preventable.
- Goal 12 — When countries strengthen their regulatory, scientific, and technological capacities to ensure that food is safe and of the expected quality throughout the food chain, they move towards more sustainable patterns of food production and consumption.
- Goal 17 — A globalized world with annual food exports currently in excess of USD 1.6 trillion and complex food systems demands international cooperation across sectors to ensure food is safe. Food safety is a shared responsibility among governments, food industries, producers, and consumers.
World Food Day
World Food Day promotes global awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) designated 16 October as World Food Day in 1979.