According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 600 million people, or 1 out of every 10 people on the planet, contract a foodborne disease each year.
June 7, World Food Safety Day, was created by WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Their goal is to raise awareness and motivate action to help prevent, detect, and manage foodborne risks. They promote food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism, and the long-term development of a safe food supply.
Access to adequate amounts of safe food is critical to maintaining life and promoting good health. Foodborne illnesses are typically infectious or toxic and are frequently invisible to the naked eye. These are caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemical substances entering the body through contaminated food or water.
Food safety is critical in ensuring that food remains safe at all stages of the food chain, from production to harvest, processing, storage, distribution, and finally, preparation and consumption. As the summer rolls in and outdoor grilling increases, check out these safety tips for Food Safety for Outdoor Cookouts so you and your family can have a safe and delicious summer.
- World Health Organization. (n.d.). Food safety. World Health Organization. Retrieved May 31, 2022, from https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/food-safety