World Health Day 2015: Food Safety- Five Keys to Safer Food

The World Health Day theme for 2015 is Food Safety. In line with the theme, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released a poster on ‘Five Keys to Safer Food’:

The poster summarizes the key messages on how to keep food safe from ‘Farm to Plate’.

Key Messages:

1. Keep Clean

  •      Wash your hands before handling food and frequently during food preparation
  •      Wash your hands after going to the toilet
  •      Wash and sanitize all surfaces and equipment used for food preparation
  •      Protect kitchen areas and food from insects, pests and other animals

2. Separate Raw and Cooked

  •      Separate raw meat, poultry and seafood from other foods
  •      Use separate utensils and equipment such as knives and cutting boards for handling raw foods
  •      Store food in containers to avoid contact between raw and cooked food

3. Cook thoroughly

  •     Cook food thoroughly, especially meat, poultry, eggs and seafood
  •     Bring soups and stews to a boil to ensure they have reached 70 degrees Centigrade
  •     For meat and poultry, ensure that the juices are clear, not pink. Ideally, use a thermometer.
  •     Reheat cooked food thoroughly

4. Keep food at safe temperatures

  •     Do not leave cooked food at room temperature for more than 2 hours
  •     Promptly refrigerate all cooked and perishable food (at <5 degrees centigrade)
  •     Keep food piping hot (> 60 degrees centigrade) before serving
  •     Do not store food too long even in the refrigerator
  •     Do not thaw frozen foods at room temperature 

5. Use safe water and raw materials

  •       Use safe water or treat water to make it safe
  •       Select fresh and wholesome foods
  •       Choose foods processed for its safety, such as pasteurized milk 
  •       Wash fruits and vegetables, especially if eaten raw
  •       Do not use food beyond its expiry date

Important Links:

Link to ‘Five Keys to Safer Food’ Poster (English):

Please note that the above mentioned poster is available in 87 languages from the following URL:


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