Compliance with global food standards, the establishment of effective food control regulatory systems and access to safe drinking water are some of the ways in which food safety can be guaranteed.

A recent study conducted by the World Health Organization indicates that almost 1 in 10 people get sick from foodborne illness due to poor food safety, while 4,20,000 patients die every year due to foodborne illness. . Many people, especially pregnant women and the elderly, have a higher risk of getting sick. Foodborne diseases are increasing all over the world, especially in developing countries, due to the abandonment of personal and food hygiene.

On the occasion of the first World Food Security Day, an initiative of the United Nations, Rohit Shelatkar, vice president of Vitabiotics Ltd, highlights the importance of safe food and the reason why food safety must be everyone’s business.

World Food Safety Day 2019

World Food Security Day is approaching a news report that went viral, showing a Mumbai street food vendor who was seen using tap water from the Borivali train station to prepare the food. After which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiated an investigation and later issued a public warning against the use of this type of water, which could be contaminated.

According to the WHO, one of the keys to maintaining life and promoting good health is to have “sufficient quantities of safe and nutritious food.” In addition, they added that foodborne diseases impede socioeconomic development by damaging health care systems and damaging national economies, tourism and trade. WHO data show that almost 1 in 10 people in the world get sick after eating contaminated food and that food safety is a growing threat to human health.

Also at the individual level, one can commit to create a safe environment for his family by performing some regular checks:

* Always check foods thoroughly. Whether you buy packaged foods, vegetables or fruits, make sure the items are fresh and in good health. Carefully read the details of your manufacturing and expiration dates before buying.

* Store food correctly and at the right temperature. Raw meats and poultry should be kept separate from other foods, especially vegetables, prepared sauces and anything else that requires a little preparation. Also, be sure to clean and disinfect preparation surfaces and equipment regularly.

* Wash all fresh products, including pre-packaged vegetables, to minimize possible bacterial contamination.

* Be careful and be cautious with certain groups of people, such as children, pregnant women and the elderly, as they require special precautions, which should be taken into account when cooking for them.

The way food is produced, stored, handled and consumed affects the safety of our food. Compliance with global food standards, the establishment of effective food control regulatory systems and access to safe drinking water are some of the ways in which the government can guarantee food security in India.

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