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"Eat Safely" is a communication campaign launched by the Food Safety and Quality Team of the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, in order to raise awareness on food safety issues.

Eat Safely Campaign

"Eat Safely" is a communication campaign launched by the Food Safety and Quality Team of the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, in order to raise awareness on food safety issues. The campaign, which is developed under one of FAO's global and regional priorities "promoting food safety and quality" is aimed at informing consumers using easy and direct messages on some basic principles that are essential to guarantee food safety.

These days, foodborne diseases (FBDs) are one of the most significant problems at the global level linked to public health, both in developed and developing countries. The knowledge of good hygienic practices in handling and preparing food could improve food safety and quality in the region and, as a consequence, increase food security.

For the public to identify with the problem, to incorporate desirable habits in their health culture and to spread those concepts, it is fundamental to teach people, starting with children, how to eat safe, contamination-free food.

The FAO "Eat Safely" campaign includes flyers, posters, t-shirts, comics and radio messages.

Kathy and Dad teach you how to eat safely

Eight entertaining comics show how families can prepare, handle and store food at home guaranteeing good health for everybody. The comic includes additional information on the "Eat Safely" campaign, a table with recommended storage times for food refrigeration and a glossary with key-words related to food safety and quality.

Nowadays food-borne diseases (FBDs) are one of the most significant problems at global level linked to public health, both in developed countries and in developing ones. The knowledge of good hygienic practices in handling and preparing food could improve food safety and quality in the region and, as a consequence, increase food security and reduce the impact of FBDs.

"Kathy and Dad" is mainly addressed to children: a child eating safely will be an adult eating safely and, in this way, will contribute to the dissemination of good hygienic eating habits. Raising awareness on food safety issues, involving adults and children, is a crucial aspect to foster a safe food culture.

The comic has been disseminated in all the English speaking Caribbean countries: Antigua y Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad y Tobago.

Radio spots

The radio campaign is being aired in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

During the launch of the campaign in Barbados, the FAO representative invited the Caribbean children to be part of the campaign, acting as ambassadors, disseminating and implementing the basic principles of food hygiene with their families and schools.

The radio spots were specially made for the Caribbean countries by the FAO Sub Regional office in Barbados and narrate different ways to promote healthy and safe habits among consumers.

Listen to the radio spots