Saturday, 4 April 2015

WHO - 7th April World Health Day dedicated to safe food

On 7th April, the World Health Organization will celebrate the 2015 edition of the World Health Day.
This year the event will be dedicated to safe food.
The World Health Organization lists in 5 key points the knowledge and implementation of best practices to clean and store food to prevent the spread of dangerous diseases:

  • Access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. 
  • Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances causes more than 200 diseases – ranging from diarrhoea to cancers. Foodborne and waterborne diarrhoeal diseases kill an estimated 2 million people annually, including many children. 
  • Food safety, nutrition and food security are inextricably linked. Unsafe food creates a vicious cycle of disease and malnutrition, particularly affecting infants, young children, elderly and the sick. 
  • Foodborne diseases impede socioeconomic development by straining health care systems and harming national economies, tourism and trade.
  • Food supply chains now cross multiple national borders. Good collaboration between governments, producers and consumers helps ensure food safety.

Above you can see one of the posters published by WHO to inform the public on the importance to follow basic rules for the correct handling of food.

Food will also be the main theme of the upcoming universal exposition which will take place in Milan, Italy from next May 1 to October 31."Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" is the core theme of Expo Milano 2015. This common thread runs through all the events organized both within and outside the official Exhibition Site. Expo Milano 2015 will provide an opportunity to reflect upon, and seek solutions to, the contradictions of food production and unfair distribution around the world. On the one hand, there are still the hungry (approximately 870 million people were undernourished in the period 2010-2012) and, on the other, there are those who die from ailments linked to poor nutrition or too much food (approximately 2.8 million deaths from diseases related to obesity or to being overweight in the same period). In addition, about 1.3 billion tons of foods are wasted every year. For these reasons, it is essential to adopt conscious political choices, develop sustainable lifestyles, and use the best technology to create a balance between the availability and the consumption of resources.

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