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World Food Safety Day | 7th June 2022

The United Nations General Assembly on 20 December 2018 announced 7 June of every year as the World Food Safety Day in order to reduce the problems posed by food safety issues and to ensure that this goes hand-in-hand with all the UN development goals.

The fourth World Food Safety Day (WFSD) will be celebrated on 7 June 2022 by the Saudi Arabian Food Professional at Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam.

The purpose of this commemoration is to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agricultural production, market access, tourism and sustainable development across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This year’s theme is “SAFER FOOD, BETTER HEALTH

The access of safe food is essential for the health and well-being of people, animals and the environment. Only when food is safe, we can benefit from its nutritional value and the mental and social benefits of sharing a safe meal.

We all have a role to play, from farm to table, in making sure the food we eat is safe and doesn’t harm our health. Safe food is essential to promoting consumer health and well-being and ending hunger, two of the 17 main UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Food safety is everyone’s business” is the slogan for World Food Safety Day and urges that we all play a role in maintaining food safety throughout the entire supply chain, from farm to table.

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Food Safety at Global Perspective and Resources

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Global Issues: Food

After decades of steady decline, world hunger has slowly been on the rise since 2015. An estimated 821 million people in the world suffered from hunger in 2018. If nothing changes, the immense challenge of achieving the Zero Hunger Target by 2030 will not be achieved. At the same time, overweight and obesity continue to increase in all regions of the world, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019.

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Food Safety and COVID-19

Currently, there is no evidence that the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can be transmitted through food. The virus is transmitted primarily by people, who are infected through coughing and sneezing droplets, which are then picked up by another person. The best way to avoid COVID-19 is through good hygiene practices, including in food production and consumption.

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Why do we mark International Days?

International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.