Happy First World Food Safety Day!

Today, June 7, 2019, marks the first-ever World Food Safety Day, an occasion to celebrate the importance of food safety.

Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) back in December 2018, World Food Safety Day is intended to raise awareness about foodborne illness.

So, what is about food safety that we need to know? Well, “Food safety, everyone’s business.”

Such a hook phrase is the lead for a campaign promoted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to bring everyone who is part of the “farm to table process” together to ensure food safety.

“We call on all farmers, farm suppliers, transporters, processers, distributors, marketers, and consumers to ensure food safety,” said FAO Assistant Director-General Agriculture and Consumer Protection Bukar Tijani in one of the campaign’s promos.

It might seem surprising to some that issues like this have such a huge impact on our culture that governmental entities create holidays to raise awareness, but that is not the case to some food safety experts here at Neogen, especially when the numbers speak for themselves.

“It is not a surprise that organizations like the WHO and the FAO are working together to promote such important issue this way,” John Geisler, director of Food Safety sales at Neogen said. “With an estimated 600 million cases of foodborne disease every year, everyone who plays a role in the food business must do better. It was about time.”

More than 125,000 children under five years of age die of the foodborne disease every year. It is important to educate the public about food safety, even more so when the fight is not only about protecting our lives, but also ensuring a sustainable world.

“We have to start thinking about food differently,” Geisler said. “While foodborne diseases target people’s health, our socioeconomic development suffers on the other end when our health care systems, tourism, trade, and economies get saturated with the number of patients who fall ill each year.”

Everyone has to eat, so everybody and anybody is a potential victim of foodborne illness, and health organizations are already doing their part by raising awareness. Now it is up to all of us to look for concrete solutions that protect us from this danger.

Our Neogen expert shared his take on solving the problem.

“We have to rely on food innovators and biotechnology to fight back. These solutions will provide the resources and tools to ensure more efficient production while ensuring that our ever-growing supply chain has integrity and that microorganisms don’t make us sick or destroy our food supplies,” Geisler said.

Neogen offers food safety solutions for every step of the food process, from farm to table. Check out our website for more information.

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