Globally, Second World Safety Day was celebrated on June 7, was officially declared “World Food Safety Day” by the United Nations. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United National (FAO) to promote a sense of awareness among the people about the importance of quality of food in our lives.
World Safety Day 2020 themed “Food safety: everyone’s business!”
According to World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United National (FAO):
Food safety is a shared responsibility between governments, producers and consumers. Everybody has a role to play from farm to table to ensure the food we consume is safe and will not cause damages to our health. Through the World Food Safety Day, WHO pursues its efforts to mainstream food safety in the public agenda and reduce the burden of foodborne diseases globally.
Rwanda, Young entrepreneurs in Agriculture recognized by the Forum of Youth Engaged in Agriculture (RYAF) for their huge contribution made by them to work tirelessly to transform agriculture sector through having Food safety as main priority of a country
Currently , we have some youth’s companies evaluated by Rwanda Standard Boards to see if they are producing a good quality of their products, some of them they got a certificates as a company which are in a process to get production certification (S-Mark) including Carl Group Ltd , a company Mainly focusing on adding value to the sweet potatoes by processing them into VIT-A products.
Food Safety refers to handling, preparing and storing food in a way to best reduce the risk of individuals becoming sick from foodborne illnesses.
Food safety is a global concern that covers a variety of different areas of everyday.
The principles of food safety aim to prevent food from becoming contaminated and causing food poisoning. This is achieved through a variety of different avenues, some of which are ;
- Maintaining a high level of personal hygiene, especially hand-washing.
- Storing, chilling and heating food correctly with regards to temperature, environment and equipment.
- Implementing effective pest control.
- Comprehending food allergies, food poisoning and food intolerance.
From RYAY Communication Team