Today, 7 April, is World Health Day. This year the theme is centered on what we put in our bodies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that the focus this year will be on food safety. What is on your plate and where does it come from…
Do you ever wonder the path ingredients took on its way to your plate? Do you ever consider all the parasites, chemicals, contaminants, additives and adulterants your food may contain? Whether it is food from a fancy restaurant or from a street vendor, you need to be very conscious of any diseases that you might get from food.
According to the WHO, ‘food-borne and water-borne diarrhoeal diseases kill an estimated 2 million people annually, including children. That’s why food safety is significant to public health as food-borne diseases affect people’s wellbeing; impede socio-economic development by straining health-care systems which in turn adversely influence national economies, tourism and trade.’
This is why the theme for World Health Day 2015 focuses on ‘demonstrating the importance of food safety along the whole length of the food chain in a globalised world, from production and transport, to preparation and consumption.’
Here are the five universal keys to food safety that should always be observed:
- Maintain cleanliness
- Separate raw and cooked food
- Cook thoroughly
- Keep food at correct temperature
- Use safe water and raw materials.
We should all stand together and implement these five principles and teach it to those who are unable to access the internet and other knowledge-sources.
Let us know what food-safe concepts you’ve implemented in your home or workplace.