Eating safe food is essential for health and well-being

June 7 is World Food Safety Day. This is the fourth year of the holiday, which is becoming increasingly relevant worldwide, as its purpose is to attract attention and inspire action to prevent, detect and manage food risks.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) states that in this way it “contributes to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development”.

This year’s theme is “Safe food, better health” and refers to the fact that access to safe food is essential for the health and well-being of people, animals and the environment.

In this context, the Ministry of Public Health recalls that through the Bromatology program, the province ensures the safety of food and food products consumed by the population throughout its territory, to which the standards set out in the Code apply. law 6862.

“All people have the right to safe, nutritious and sufficient food,” said Marta Chuchuy, head of the Bromatology Program, adding that “safety is the absence, at safe and acceptable levels, of food hazards that can harm the health of users.

food and health

Only safe food meets the nutritional needs and helps all people lead an active and healthy life. There is no food security without food safety.

– Contaminated food causes more than 200 diseases ranging from diarrhea to cancer.

– It is estimated that almost 1 in 10 people in the world get sick from eating contaminated food.

– Nearly 30% of all deaths caused by foodborne illness occur in children under 5 years of age.

Food contamination can occur at any stage of the production or distribution process, although the responsibility lies primarily with the manufacturer.

However, a large proportion of foodborne illnesses are due to those that are improperly prepared or treated at home, in restaurants that serve food or in markets.

All food and consumer workers need to understand the importance of adopting basic hygiene practices when buying, selling and preparing food in order to protect their health and that of the general population.

recommended measures

We can all contribute to ensuring that food is safe. Some examples of effective measures that can be taken are:

Read the labels of food containers, choose wisely, get acquainted with the most common food hazards.
Work and prepare food safely at home or while selling in restaurants or markets, putting into practice the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Guide to the Five Keys to Food Safety.
Grow fruits and vegetables based on the WHO publication “Five Keys to Growing Safer Fruits and Vegetables” to reduce microbial contamination.
Practice safe handling of food at home: keep it clean, separate the raw from the cooked, cook it well, store it at safe temperatures, use safe water and raw materials.

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