World Food Safety Day 2020 (June 7): Food safety, everyone’s business

Ensure it’s safe
Governments must ensure safe and nutritious food for all. National governments are critical in guaranteeing that we all can eat safe and nutritious food.

Policy makers can promote sustainable agriculture and food systems, fostering multi-sectoral collaboration among public health, animal health, agriculture and other sectors.

Food safety authorities can manage food safety risks along the entire food chain, including during emergencies.

Countries can comply with international standards established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

The Codex Alimentarius Commission, managed by FAO and WHO, establishes science-based food standards, guidelines and codes of practice that ensure food safety and quality by addressing

  • contaminants,
  • hygienic practices,
  • labelling,
  • additives,
  • inspection and certification,
  • nutrition and
  • residues of veterinary drugs and pesticides.

When governments adopt international standards, farmers and producers are able to meet consumer demands for safe food at the same time gaining access to the global food market.

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