World Health Day 2015
The theme for World Health Day 2015 is food safetyAs our food supply becomes increasingly globalized, the need to strengthen food safety systems in and between all countries is becoming more and more evident. That is why the WHO is promoting efforts to improve food safety, from farm to plate (and everywhere in between) on World Health Day, 7 April 2015.
Unsafe food can lead to food borne and water borne diarrhoeal diseases. Also Chemical or toxin contamination can cause acute poisoning or chronic diseases like cancer.
WHO helps countries prevent, detect and respond to foodborne disease outbreaks. Together with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), WHO alerts countries to food safety emergencies through an international information network.
Five keys to safer foodFood safety is a shared responsibility. It is important to work all along the food production chain – from farmers and manufacturers to vendors and consumers.
WHO’s Five keys to safer food offer practical guidance to vendors and consumers for handling and preparing food:
Check quality of food ingredients while purchasing Check use-by dates and labels of packed food
- Key 1: Keep clean raw fruits and veges and keep the working surfaces clean.
- Key 2: Separate raw and cooked food
- Key 3: Cook food thoroughly reheat leftovers thoroughly so that they are steaming
- Key 4: Keep food at safe temperatures. Refrigerate food promptly and properly.Refrigerate cooked food within 2 hours of preparation
- Key 5: Use safe water and raw materials.
Safe food = Healthy lives
Mrs Shilpa Mittal
Nutritionist and Diet Consultant
Founder Shilpsnutrilife - Diet and lifestylemakeover