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Chile’s food safety agency holds three World Food Safety events – for three different demographic groups


For World Food Safety Day 2021, Chile’s Agency for Food Safety and Quality (ACHIPIA) organized three events aimed at three very specific demographic groups: women, the elderly and children.

On 7 June, Chile’s Minister of Agriculture, María Emilia Undurraga; the FAO representative in Chile, Eve Crowley; and the Executive Secretary of ACHIPIA, Nuri Gras, opened ACHIPIA’s World Food Safety Day celebrations with introductions to the first webinar, which was entitled “Mujeres e Inocuidad Alimentaria: muchas nueces, poco ruido.” The event focused on the work being carried out by teams led by women in the areas of food research, production and development across the academic, public and private spheres. The live event was attended by approximately 460 people who followed the event through the YouTube, Facebook and Twitter platforms.

It can be viewed here:


On 8 June, a virtual conversation on food safety and the elderly was held as a launch event for ACHIPIA’s publication "Food safety as part of healthy life." Moderated by ACHIPIA’s risk communication coordinator, Claudio Canales, a panel discussion included Fernando Vio, president of the 5 al Día Chile Corporation, Cecilia Albala, professor at the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA) at the University of Chile and Nuri Gras. The publication and the discussions focused on the difficulties the elderly have faced during the pandemic: “Never in the history of Chile has there been a situation like this pandemic, with this type of confinement,” said Dr Vio. “This current situation is new and has forced changes to the routines of older adults, which has had an enormous impact,” he continued. Food and physical activity are important factors in these changes and the publication focuses on how the elderly can ensure they remain healthy as well as safe from the COVID-19 virus at this time.

The discussion can be viewed here:

The document can be viewed and downloaded here:


The third and final event was held on 9 June and was aimed at educating young people about the need to be hygienic when eating and handling food. This was Children's Storytelling Day with Los Frutantes, a group of entertainers specializing in food safety. The children’s stories were made available in a digital publication “Stories for before and after washing hands.” Los Frutantes sang songs alluding to food safety issues and also narrated two stories from the digital publication.

"Stories for before and after washing hands" is available here:

The presentation of the children's day can be seen here: