- The first-ever World Food Safety Day adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2018 will be celebrated on 7 June,2019 under the theme “Food Safety, everyone’s business”.
- According to World Health Organisation (WHO),an estimated 600 million cases of food-borne diseases occur annually around the world.This translates into one in 10 people falling ill after eating contaminated food.
- Further,Children under 5 years of age carry 40% of the food-borne disease burden with 1,25,000 deaths every year.
- The WHO has said that food borne diseases is an increasing threat to human health which impede socio-economic development by straining health care systems and harming national economies, tourism and trade.
- It has also recommended various ways to ensure food safety such as (a)complying with global food standards (b)establishing effective regulatory food control systems (c)applying good agricultural practices and (d)building capacities of consumers to make healthy food choices.
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