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Samoa holds a week-long celebration of World Food Safety Day


World Food Safety Day (WFSD) activities in Samoa took place from 31 May to 7 June 2022, with the participation of over 1000 people. Activities consisted of interviews with Samoa National Codex Committee members, the screening of the interviews on television and social media, a World Food Safety Day-themed Trivia session on national television, and food-safety booths located next to the Accident Compensation Corporation Building (ACC) in Apia, Samoa.  

Interviews with Tagaloa Eddie Wilson, Managing Director of Wilex, Samoa; Christina Ulberg, ACEO of the Health Protection and Enforcement Division (HPE, MOH),Segialii; Marie Malaki-Fa'aofo, ACEO of the Quarantine Division (MAF), FisoPousui; Fiame Leo, Manager, Technical services at the Scientific Research Organization of Samoa (SROS), Pulotu; Lyndon Chu Ling, CEO of MCIL; and Xiangjun Yao (FAO), a Codex Observer, were broadcast on TV5 Samoa, EFKS TV2, and the MCIL YouTube Channel.  

The Trivia session was carriedlive on the national television station, TV 5 Samoa, on 6 June 2022 during prime time. The questions included 30 food-safety questions, six of which were directly related to Codex Alimentarius. The presenters wore World Food Safety Dayt-shirts and promoted the slogan, “Food safety is everyone’s business.” Winners won World Food Safety Day merchandise and prizes sponsored by local businesses. In the break times, the interview video of SNCC Chairman, Pulotu Lyndon Chu Lingwas played 

On 7 June, MAF, MOH, MCIL and FAO co-hosted a gathering that featured booths and started with remarks by the CEO of MCIL. This was followed by the distribution of food-safety pamphlets to members of the public. The representatives asked the audience food-safety-related questions throughout the day, rewarding correct answers with World Food Safety Day t-shirts. The booths also facilitated networking among the Codex members.  

The activities were co-organized by the FAO Sub-regional Office of the Pacific Islands (FAO SAP), Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour (MCIL), and the Ministry of Health (MOH).   

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