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In Peru, authorities organize a World Food Safety Day walk to raise awareness


The General Directorate of Environmental Health and Food Safety (DIGESA), of the Ministry of Health (MINSA), culminated its week of educational World Food Safety Day activities with a "Walk and informative fair to raise awareness about the importance of food safety", which began at the DIGESA facilities and ended at the Pedro Ruiz Gallo Park in the District of Lince in Lima, Peru.

Various organizations involved in this important issue met at the DIGESA facilities to start the walk, in which, “amid joy and music”, awareness-raising messages were spread to the public. Messages contained information about the importance of maintaining food safety, so that food does not represent a risk to the health of people’s families, under the motto "Food safety is everyone's business".

Upon arrival at the fair, the Director General of DIGESA, MC Luis Humberto Hospinal Moori, offered words of welcome, highlighting the work carried out by DIGESA, as well as the Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agraria del Perú (SENASA) and Organismo Nacional de Sanidad Pesquera (SANIPES), in their capacity as National Food Safety Authorities. These organizations contribute to and improve the population's access to food that is safe. He urged those present to be agents of change and contribute to a healthier country, promoting good practices in their homes.

Immediately afterwards, the General Director of DIGESA, accompanied by the Executive President of SANIPES, Pedro Saravia Almeyda, and representatives of Diris Lima Centro, Diris Lima Este, the MINSA Transparency and Anticorruption Office, among others, signed their commitments to continue working with dedication and transparency in favour of food safety.

Finally, the authorities present, and the general public, toured information stands displayed by entities such as: SANIPES, Instituto Nacional De Salud (CENAN), Fondo de Cooperación para el Desarrollo Social (FONCODES), the Municipality of Lince and the government health helpline, Line 113, among others. Likewise, the leaders of the Red de Ollas Comunes de Lima were present, and they explained to the authorities how they have contributed to food safety in the preparation of their dishes. By following good hygiene practices and food handling, they have provided safe meals to more than one million Peruvian families since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On "World Food Safety Day", DIGESA reminds the population that "Food safety is everyone's business", given that it is not only a crucial element for food security, but also It plays a key role in reducing disease.

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