Food Standards Save Lives
World Food Safety Day is June 7. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations which sponsors World Food Safety Day has designated “Food Standards Save Lives” as the theme for 2023. This year’s theme coincides with the 60th anniversary of Codex Alimentarius, a collection of food standards, guidelines and codes of practice adopted by the international Codex Alimentarius Commission (with which FDA participates across many committees) to encourage governments and food safety advocates around the world to focus on the importance of applying safety standards in every aspect of food production—from the source to the table. FDA scientists actively participate in the Codex Alimentarius committees and FDA also considers Codex standards when developing our U.S. national food safety standards.
Join FDA on World Food Safety Day as we spread the word about ways to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
- What steps can I take to avoid foodborne illnesses?
- How can I participate in World Food Safety Day?
- What is FDA’s role in food safety?
June 7 is World Food Safety Day. The World Health Organization has proposed this day for calling the attention of people everywhere to the risks of contaminated food and water.
Join FDA on World Food Safety Day as we spread the word about ways to reduce the risks of foodborne illness, also called food poisoning.
See documentary videos of how serious the risks of food poisoning can be—
Foodborne Illness – Listeria – Trissi and Paul’s Story
A young woman, pregnant with twins, who developed a severe case of food poisoning after eating a food contaminated with Listeria; her illness threatened her and her twins’ lives.
Foodborne Illness — E. coli — Rylee's Story
A child who developed an acute, nearly fatal, case of food poisoning after eating a food contaminated with E. coli.
Foodborne Illness — Salmonella — Diana's Story
An older adult who developed a grave case of food poisoning after eating a food contaminated with Salmonella.
- What you can do to avoid food poisoning
- How to prevent food poisoning at picnics and barbecues
- How to help people who are older or have weakened immune systems avoid food poisoning
- How labeling helps people with food allergies
- Spread the word about safe food practices.
- Share food safety messages from @FDAFood on Twitter and FDA on Facebook.
- Send a tweet: #DYK About 1 in 6 Americans get sick from foodborne illness each year. This #WorldFoodSafetyDay get the facts about food safety: www.fda.gov/food, via @FDAFood
- Use sample social media messages to promote food safety.
- Download and share printable educational materials
- Read the latest FDA food facts for consumers
FDA is responsible for promoting and protecting the public's health by ensuring that the nation's food supply is safe, sanitary, wholesome, and honestly labeled. Browse food safety topics.
FDA is looking to the future of food safety once again and taking steps to usher the United States into a new era of smarter food safety.