The second World Food Safety Day (WFSD) will be celebrated on 7 June 2020. The objective behind this day is to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism, and sustainable development.
History of World Food Safety Day:
The 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in 2019 has adopted a resolution and declared this day for the first time. This decision was the result of the initiative launched by Awilo Ochieng Pernet in 2015 when she was Chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), followed by intensive negotiations within the CAC, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Health Organization (WHO). Costa Rica was the country leading the negotiations on this decision.
The theme of World Food Safety Day 2020:
In 2019, the theme for this day was “Food safety, everyone’s business”. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the action-oriented campaign will promote global food safety awareness and call upon countries and decision-makers, the private sector, civil society, UN organizations, and the general public to take action. Through the World Food Safety Day, WHO pursues its efforts to mainstream food safety in the public agenda and reduce the burden of foodborne diseases globally.
However, the theme for World Food Safety Day 2020 has not been announced yet. There are chances of the theme “Food safety, everyone’s business” to continue this year as well.
Celebrations during the coronavirus pandemic:
The World Food Safety Day 2020 will be celebrated virtually due to the spread of COVID-19 disease. People will get a chance to interact with each other online, you can showcase your work, promote food safety locally and internationally, and learn from others as they interact with your content and share their stories.
Few ways to celebrate this day virtually are as follows:
- By organizing creative events.
- Use hashtag #WorldFoodSafetyDay2020 on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. You can send photos to [email protected] or tag @WHO @FAO on social media and @FAOWHOCodex, using the hashtag #WorldFoodSafetyDay
- You can also conduct a discussion by holding an online panel with guest experts.
- Conduct Online workshops or webinars.
- Interview someone who has in-depth knowledge about food safety or someone who practices food safety measures well.