Mar 9, 2015

World Health Day 2015 - Food Safety

On Tuesday 7 April 2015, WHO will celebrate its main annual advocacy event - World Health Day (WHD) - with “food safety” as the theme. The occasion also marks the World Health Organization’s birthday.  The main focus of this event will be to demonstrate 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.

World Health Day 2015 poster


Unsafe food is linked to the deaths of an estimated 2 million people annually – including many children. Food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances is responsible for more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers.
New threats to food safety are constantly emerging. Changes in food production, distribution and consumption; changes to the environment; new and emerging pathogens; antimicrobial resistance - all pose challenges to national food safety systems. Increases in travel and trade enhance the likelihood that contamination can spread internationally.

The topic for World Health Day 2015 is food safety

As 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.

WHO helps countries prevent, detect and respond to foodborne disease outbreaks - in line with the Codex Alimentarius, a collection of international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice covering all the main foods and processes. Together with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), WHO alerts countries to food safety emergencies through an international information network. Details and more information are available on this page 

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