We can’t imagine our lives without food, can we? Food is the ultimate necessity of life and every living being is dependent on food for their existence on earth. Food is the catalyst for energy in our bodies. It provides all the essential nutrients, carbohydrates, fats, and protein in our bodies to sustain growth. The World Food Safety Day contributes to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism, and sustainable development across the world.
History of World Food Safety Day:
In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that June 7 would be regarded as World Food Safety Day every year. This was to recognize the burden that the world has with respect to foodborne diseases. They affect people of all ages, particularly children below 5 years of age and people residing in countries of low income.
In 2020, the World Health Assembly further decided upon strengthening efforts towards food safety to decrease the world’s burden of foodborne diseases.
Both WHO (World Health Organization) and FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) work together to observe World Food Safety Day in association with Member States and other organizations relevant to this field.
World Food Safety Day 2021 Theme
The theme of World Food Safety Day 2021 is “Safe Food Today for a Healthy Tomorrow.”
The theme emphasizes on the production and the consumption of food that is safe and gives immediate and, at the same time, long-term benefits to people, the economy, and the planet.
The significance of this day is to spread awareness and inspire people about the foodborne diseases and the importance of the production and consumption of safe and nutritious food. Food safety is not a ‘one man/woman job.’ Everybody has to contribute from farm to table to make sure the food consumed is safe and nutritious. Governments, producers, traders, and consumers have shared responsibility in this regard.
Famous quotes on Food
“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” – Mahatma Gandhi.
“Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food”-Hippocrates
“Food safety involves everybody in the food chain”-Mike, Johanns
“We are going to do everything possible to make sure that food safety is always paramount, and that we work with the industry as aggressively as we can to make sure that we are paying attention to food safety issues”-Mike Johanns
“The food that enters the mind must be watched as closely as the food that enters the body”-Pat Buchanan
“Get people back into the kitchen and combat the trend toward processed food and fast food”.-Andrew Orwell
“We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.”-George Orwell
“Many countries have food safety systems from farm to table. Everybody involved in the food supply is required to follow standard food safety procedures. You would think that everyone involved with food would not want people to get sick from it”-Marion Nestle
“We provide food that customers love, day after date after day. People just want more of it.”-Ray Kroc
“Our minds are like our stomachs; they are whetted by the change of their food and variety supplies both with a fresh appetite.”-Quintilian