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The theme for World Health Day 2015 is food safety, a topic that affects us all.
Food for thought on World Health Day
Every year the World Health Organisa-
tion selects an area of global public
health concern for World Health Day and
this year's theme ''food safety'' is one that
affects us all.
World Health Organisation director of
food safety Dr Kazuaki Miyagishima said
World Health Day, which takes place on
April 7, was an opportunity to involve
multiple stakeholders including govern-
ments, manufacturers and retailers.
It is estimated that two million deaths
occur globally every year from contamin-
ated food and water. Unsafe food can
lead to a range of health problems
including diarrhoeal disease, viral dis-
ease, reproductive and developmental
problems and cancer.
The first Ebola cases were linked to
New threats to food safety are con-
stantly emerging. Changes in food pro-
duction, distribution and consumption,
new bacteria and toxins, as well as
antimicrobial resistance increase the
risk of food contamination.
"In many parts of the world the
population is ageing and we also have
people living with HIV/AIDS, this will
reduce people's ability to combat path-
ogens coming through food," Dr Miyagi-
"In other words, these people are
particularly vulnerable to contaminated
In a globalised world the food supply
chain crosses many national borders,
this makes food safety more complex
than ever. Recent hepatitis A cases in
Australia have been linked to imported
"Food safety is our shared responsibil-
ity," Dr Miyagishima said.
"World Health Organisation wants
every single country, every organisation
and everyone to take advantage of the
World Health Day and promote food
The World Health Organisation's food
safety campaign aims to encourage gov-
ernments to improve food safety through
public awareness campaigns. The core
message for consumers is to ensure that
their food is safe by checking labels,
asking questions and following hygiene
"Food safety is not only a public health
challenge of our century, but it is also an
essential prerequisite for the growth of
tourism, trade and rural livelihood, and it
is a cornerstone of sustainable develop-
ment," Dr Miyagishima said.
For more information, visit who.int
World Health Organisation's
tips for safe food preparation
Take care when preparing food to avoid potential dangers.
Learn how to prepare foods that can
be dangerous if not handled properly,
such as raw chicken.
Avoid overcooking when frying,
grilling or baking food as this may
produce toxic chemicals.
Learn how to prepare and store food
from other cultures that you are not
familiar with, such as sushi.
Store chemical products in a safe
Take particular care in preparing
food for pregnant women, children, the
elderly and the sick.
When eating food from street
vendors or buffets, make sure that
cooked food is not in contact with raw
Make sure the food you eat is
prepared and kept in hygienic
conditions and at the right
If there is any doubt about the safety
of drinking water, boil or treat it before
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