Six hundred million people suffer from foodborne illness every year, according to the United Nations (U.N.). That's why they've proclaimed June 7, 2019 as World Food Safety Day.
“World Food Safety Day will be a chance for everyone to take a moment to think about something we often take for granted: food safety,” said U.N. Codex Alimentarius Commission secretary Tom Heilandt. “Thanks to the widespread efforts of Codex members and observers, the international community will speak with one voice on 7 June to promote awareness and inspire actions for safer food,” he said.
Codex notes that unsafe food is a threat to human health and economies, disproportionally affecting vulnerable and marginalized people, especially women and children, populations affected by conflict and migrants. It also damages global trade leading to further food waste, which can no longer be tolerated in a world where many still suffer from hunger.
The new annual observance, established thanks to concerted efforts by Costa Rica, will draw attention and direct efforts to stopping the roughly 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses that occur annually.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop food standards. It coordinates input from 187 member countries to develop and endorse the international food standards that comprise the Codex Alimentarius.
Source: Codex Alimentarius December 20, 2018