World Food Safety Day 2021 | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

Dr Harsh Vardhan digitally addresses FSSAI’s World Food Safety Day Event

      WHY IN NEWS:

“Food borne diseases is a growing concern, costing us almost 15 billion USD annually”

MINISTRY? :- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: UN Observances : Food Safety

      ISSUE: 

WORLD FOOD SAFETY DAY 2021

  • Access to sufficient amounts of safe food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health.
  • Foodborne illnesses are usually infectious or toxic in nature and often invisible to the plain eye, caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances entering the body through contaminated food or water.
  • Food safety has a critical role in assuring that food stays safe at every stage of the food chain – from production to harvest, processing, storage, distribution, all the way to preparation and consumption.

AGENDA

  • Also, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development.

THEME 2021

This year’s theme, ‘Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow’, stresses that production and consumption of safe food has immediate and long-term benefits for people, the planet and the economy.

  • Recognizing the systemic connections between the health of people, animals, plants, the environment and the economy will help us meet the needs of the future.

ORGANISERS

  • Food safety is a shared responsibility between governments, producers and consumers.
  • Everyone has a role to play from farm to table to ensure the food we consume is safe and healthy.
  • Through the World Food Safety Day, WHO works to mainstream food safety in the public agenda and reduce the burden of foodborne diseases globally. Food safety is everyone’s business.

SIGNIFICANCE

  • Recognizing the global burden of foodborne diseases, which affect individuals of all ages, in particular children under-5 and persons living in low-income countries, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed in 2018 that every 7 June would be World Food Safety Day.
  • In 2020, the World Health Assembly further passed a resolution to strengthen global efforts for food safety to reduce the burden of foodborne disease.

World Food Safety Day 2021 | UPSC

SOURCES : WHO | World Food Safety Day 2021

  • As food chains become longer, complex and globalized, contamination of food leading to food borne diseases is a growing concern, costing us almost 15 billion USD annually.
  • By 2030, food borne diseases are expected to rise to 150 to 177 million annually.

TO DO LIST

  • The way in which food is produced, stored, handled and consumed affects the safety of our food.
  • Complying with Global food standards.

  • Providing access to clean water.
  • Applying good agriculture practices (terrestrial, aquatic, livestock, horticulture)
  • Strengthening the use of food safety management systems by food business operators.
  • Building capacities of consumers to make healthy food choices.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Whether you grow, process, transport, store, distribute, sell, prepare, serve or consume food, you have a role to play in keeping it safe. Take part in the celebration! #WorldFoodSafetyDay #FoodSafety #SafeFood
  • Food safety is a shared responsibility between governments, producers and consumers.

Everybody has a role to play from farm to table to ensure the food we consume is safe and will not cause damages to our health.

  • Through World Food Safety Day, WHO pursues its efforts to mainstream food safety in the public agenda and reduce the burden of foodborne diseases globally.
     SOURCES:   PIB | World Food Safety Day 2021 | UPSC

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