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South Africa’s SAAFoST presented a webinar to mark World Food Safety Day 2021

On 2 June 2021 the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) held a lunchtime webinar for its members and any other interested parties to mark World Food Safety Day 2021. There were three guest speakers with fascinating presentations all congruent with the theme “Safe Food Now for a Healthy Tomorrow”. The webinar was opened by Mr Malose Daniel Matlala, Deputy Director at the National Department of Health and the National Codex Contact Point for South Africa. The [...]
23 June 2021

India’s Arjuna Natural spices company marks World Food Safety Day with employee training

The Indian botanical extract manufacturer, Arjuna Natural, took the opportunity of World Food Safety Day to train its staff in food safety and quality analysis.  Special training sessions were based on the theme ‘Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow’ and were geared towards greater awareness of the significance of food safety and healthy living. Live discussions on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Food Safety and Quality Analysis Mechanisms were conducted. “Safe food for everyone, every time, has always been our priority in [...]
22 June 2021

GFSI hosts World Food Safety Day discussion on ‘a healthy tomorrow’

Anne Gerardi, Senior Manager at the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), held a virtual discussion with food safety experts on 7 June to mark World Food Safety Day. She spoke with Wai-Chan Chan, Managing Director at the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), Maria Montosa, an environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) analyst at the FAIRR Initiative, and Suresh Mistry, Co-Founder and Head of ESG for Alquity. The FAIRR Initiative is “a collaborative investor network that raises awareness of the environmental, social and [...]
22 June 2021

Papua New Guinea launches World Food Safety Day celebrations

Papua New Guinea’s World Food Safety Day celebrations were launched a week before the day itself, on 2 June at Iarowari Agro Technical School. “It’s my business, it’s your business, and it’s our business to ensure the food we produce and consume is safe,” attendees were told. Later, on 8 June, representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) joined celebrations, which included a visit to Wardstrip Primary School and KilaKila Secondary School. The main focus [...]
22 June 2021

Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture embraces World Food Safety Day

On 7 June this year, the Fijian Ministry of Agriculture dedicated itself to ensuring its staff and the general public were not only aware of World Food Safety Day but also that they understood the significance of ensuring food safety “to inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks.” The Ministry, which is home to the country’s National Codex Alimentarius Committee, involved every department from accounts and human resources to animal health and agricultural statistics, in celebrating World Food [...]
21 June 2021

Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil produces an animation video on food safety

Members of the Bromatology Research Group at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil have produced an animation video to celebrate the World Food Safety Day. The video uses animation and simple language to discuss the key messages proposed by FAO and WHO regarding food safety, aiming to promote awareness about the importance of the subject.  The group is led by Prof. Scheilla Vitorino Carvalho de Souza who ensured the collaboration with a group of graduate [...]
21 June 2021

Benin authorities promote World Food Safety Day

The Beninese Food Safety Agency (ABSSA) organized a nationwide celebration of World Food Safety Day for 7 June, to raise public awareness about food safety among the general public and food workers and encourage action to prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks. Government dignitaries appeared on television in the run up to the day itself to ensure maximum publicity for the event. In addition to print media coverage, on 2 June, the Director General of ABSSA, Épiphane Sètondji Hossou, appeared on [...]
21 June 2021

Awards given to scientists in virtual seminar hosted by Centre for Quality and Food Safety and Sharda University in India

The Centre for Quality and Food Safety (CQFS) in New Delhi, India celebrated World Food Safety Day on 7 June 2021 in association with Sharda University, Greater Noida, India. The virtual seminar opened with an evaluation of an E-Poster competition that was organized a day before the event for students from various universities in the country. Winners in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, as judged by an expert panel, were awarded certificates. The main attraction of the event was an award [...]
21 June 2021

Revised Codex text provides timely guidance on paperless electronic trade

The first virtual session of the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS), hosted online by Australia from 31 May to 8 June 2021,discussed and recommended for adoption at the next Codex Alimentarius Commission, a draft guidance document on Paperless Use of Electronic Certificates. When governments adopt CCFICS standards, they support fair trading practices, protect the health of consumers, and reduce food degradation and waste in international trade. Erik Bosker is Senior Policy Advisor at the Ministry [...]
18 June 2021

Message from Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region

On World Food Safety Day, WHO South-East Asia Region calls to intensify efforts to prevent, detect, and manage the risk of foodborne diseases, which globally make 600 million people sick every year. In her message Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh explains that safe food is critical to promoting health and ending hunger, two of the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. She also reminds that food safety is everyone’s business and we must all do our part. “Though COVID-19 has [...]
17 June 2021