June 7, 2021
Today is World Food Safety Day and this year’s theme, “Safe Food Today for a Healthy Tomorrow,” stresses the immediate and long-term benefits of safe food for every country and for the planet itself. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization launched the first World Food Safety Day in 2019 in recognition of the global burden of foodborne diseases.
The FDA is marking this event and providing resources to help consumers avoid foodborne illness. The World Food Safety Day page on fda.gov provides information on how to reduce your risk and how to participate in this global event.
Frank Yiannas, FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, is speaking on the importance of World Food Safety Day as part of an event conducted by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and Environmental Health Australia. He outlines what the FDA is doing to answer the call to action that governments – as well as food producers, business operators, and consumers all over the world -- do their part to help keep foods safe.
The FDA promotes and protects public health by helping to ensure that the nation’s food supply is safe, sanitary, wholesome, and honestly labeled. In keeping with the spirit of World Food Safety Day, the agency also collaborates with global partners all year long to strengthen food safety. For example, the FDA has a Food Safety Partnership with Mexico to support high rates of compliance with food safety standards and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
The agency also has Systems Recognition Agreements in place with New Zealand, Canada, and Australia documenting that each country operates comparable regulatory programs that yield similar food safety outcomes.
For More Information
- World Food Safety Day 2021
- FDA's World Food Safety Day Page
- NEHA/Environmental Health Australia Event