FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Live Twitter chat will take on food safety

Every year about one-third of the global population is affected by foodborne illness. With the continuous emergence of new food safety threats, it is important that people understand how to protect themselves.

As food supply chains have become more global, ensuring food safety at each step along the chain has become an increasingly complex problem. The average consumer may wonder:  “How safe is the food on my plate?”

To bring transparency to the issue, FAO is collaborating with the World Health Organization, the European Centre for Disease control and the European Food Safety Authority on a live Twitter chat on food safety. The event is set for Tuesday 7 April, from 2 to 3 p.m. Central European Standard Time.

Using the hashtag #safefoodchat, Twitter users will have the unique opportunity of having their food safety questions answered by experts in real time. Eleonora Dupouy, food safety and nutrition officer with FAO’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, will participate as a food safety expert.

“I think many people do not realize that as consumers they have a direct role in the food safety process,” said Dupouy. “But it is a shared responsibility, from farmer to consumer, and it is important that everyone know the proper way to handle and prepare food. This Twitter chat will give people more confidence that the food on their plates is safe to eat.”

FAO is one of the international leaders in development of global food safety initiatives and translating these into country-level action. It takes the position that effective food safety management systems – from farm to consumer – are key not only to safeguarding human health and wellbeing, but also to fostering economic development through improved access for agricultural produce to domestic, regional, and international markets. 

The live Twitter chat on 7 April marks World Health Day, whose theme this year is food safety.

1 April 2015, Budapest, Hungary