World Health Day – 7th April 2019
“Access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health”
(WHO Food safety fact sheet, 31 October 2018)
April 7th 2019 is World Health Day. There are many ways to stay healthy; drink plenty of water, get some exercise, maybe even a bit of meditation. But we can all agree that without a safe supply of food, good health would be impossible. As global food chains become ever-more complex, we would like to take this opportunity to celebrate everyone who is involved in keeping our food safe.
From farmers and suppliers, to manufacturers, food testing labs, packaging and logistics companies, and retailers. There are many stages involved in food production and contamination can occur during any one of those stages.
Across the world, 1 in 10 people will fall ill due to consuming unsafe food every year. Sadly, 420,000 die from any one of the more than 200 diseases caused by eating contaminated food.
In February of this year, the first International Food Safety Conference was held in Addis Ababa, organised by the African Union (AU), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) with a follow-up event to be held in April.
The aim of these forums is to address the ever growing challenges of food safety and security. As food chains become longer and more complex to deal with global demand, the importance of food safety cannot be underestimated.
We are proud to be doing our part to help keep our food safe. With the development of our Solus One range, cost-effective pathogen testing results can be achieved faster, meaning manufacturers can be assured that the food being released to the public is free from pathogens such as Salmonella and Listeria.
See more about our Solus One range here.