Pacific countries highlight the benefits of safe food for better health

09/06/2022 Fiji

World Food Safety Day is well known yearly on 7 June to attract consideration and mobilize motion to forestall, detect and handle foodborne dangers and enhance human health. Coordinated collectively by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO), beneath the theme for this yr’s World Food Safety Day, “Safer food, better health”, countries round the Pacific led varied occasions and actions to mark the festivities.

In Fiji, the Ministry for Agriculture, Waterways and Environment coordinated a sequence of actions to have fun the Day, together with the group of a speech contest with 10 native faculties. The occasion was opened by Dr Mahendra Reddy, Hon Minister for Agriculture, Waterways and Environment and featured a sequence of talks on a range of matters, together with food fraud, non-communicable ailments, pesticide residues and others.

In Samoa, the Day was co-led by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL), Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries (MAF) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) with the assist of FAO. A celebration was organized in Samoa’s capital, Apia. The occasion was opened by Mr Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling, the Chief Executive Officer of MCIL. To unfold the messages on the significance of food security laws and actions, a sequence of video interviews with key stakeholders in Samoa have been circulated on TV and social media. A particular trivia night time round food security details was additionally held by a neighborhood TV station.

Other countries in the Pacific have additionally actively promoted the Day and its key messages:

    • If it isn’t safe, it isn’t food: Only when food is safe will it meet dietary wants and assist adults to stay an energetic and wholesome life and youngsters to develop and develop.



    • Everyone is a threat supervisor: Everyone evaluates food security dangers as half of their day by day selections. These selections are made by people and collectively by households, communities, companies and governments.


    • Food security relies on science: Consumers normally can not inform from sight or odor whether or not their food is safe, however scientists have developed checks and instruments to detect unsafe food. When safe practices are employed throughout the food chain, food turns into safe.



    • Investing in food security right now will reap future rewards: Safe food manufacturing improves financial alternatives by enabling market entry and productiveness.


Safe food is one of the most crucial guarantors for good health. Unsafe meals are the trigger of many ailments and contribute to different poor health situations, equivalent to impaired progress and improvement, micronutrient deficiencies, non-communicable or communicable ailments and psychological sickness. Globally, an estimated 600 million – virtually 1 in 10 folks in the world – fall unwell after consuming contaminated food and 420 000 die yearly. Foodborne sicknesses are normally infectious or poisonous in nature and brought on by micro organism, viruses, parasites or chemical substances coming into the physique via contaminated food or water.

“Food security is everybody’s enterprise,” famous Ms Xiangjun Yao, FAO Subregional Coordinator for the Pacific Islands. “We encourage communities to be told about food security and observe safe food dealing with. Food companies should determine, consider, and management their food security hazards. Governments can set up, implement and monitor insurance policies that align with worldwide food requirements established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. If everybody does their half, we are able to guarantee food security for all.”

By celebrating this essential day, countries burdened the want to remodel food programs to ship better health in a sustainable method so as to stop most foodborne ailments. Food programs policy-makers, practitioners and buyers have been invited to reorient their actions to extend the sustainable manufacturing and consumption of safe meals so as to enhance health outcomes.

FAO, collectively with WHO referred to as on everybody to hitch the World Food Safety Day marketing campaign to make sure safe food for all.

About WFSD

The United Nations General Assembly established World Food Safety Day in 2018 to lift consciousness of this essential challenge. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and WHO collectively facilitate the observance of World Food Safety Day, in collaboration with Member States and different stakeholders.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.