World Health Day 2015
Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) selects a priority area of global public health concern as the theme for World Health Day, which falls on 7 April, the birthday of the WHO. The theme for World Health Day 2015 is "Food Safety".
Food Safety is an area of public health action to protect consumers from the risks of food poisoning and foodborne diseases, acute or chronic. Unsafe food can lead to a range of health problems: diarrhoeal disease, viral disease, reproductive and developmental problems, cancers. Yet food safety is a hidden, and often overlooked, problem. WHO, therefore, dedicated its 2015 World Health Day to food safety, to catalyse collective government and public action to put measures in place that will improve safety of food from farms, factories, street vendors, and kitchens.
Food Safety – A Shared Responsibility
To reduce food incidents and food poisoning cases, we need to strengthen food safety control. Food safety is a shared responsibility. The CFS has been promoting the importance of tripartite collaboration among the Government, the food trade and the public. It is important to work all along the food production chain – from farmers and manufacturers to food-handlers and consumers. For example, food-handlers and consumers are advised to apply "Five Keys to Food Safety" when handling and preparing food.
- Review of Food Incidents (2007-2014)
- Review of Food Poisoning Outbreaks Related to Local Food Premises and Food Business 2009- 2013
Related materials for World Health Day 2015 from the World Health Organization
- World Health Day 2015 infographics: From farm to plate, make food safe
- World Health Day 2015 poster: How safe is your food?
- How much do you know about food safety? (Quiz)
- WHO: Announcement of World Health Day 2015
- WHO: World Health Day 2015, Food Safety - the Global View
- WHO: Five keys to safer food
- WHO: How Safe is Your Food?
- World Health Day 2015: From Farm To Plate Make Food Safe
- Video Speech of Dr Shin Young-soo (Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific) for World Health Day
Related materials from the Centre for Food Safety
Periodicals and Publications
Food Safety Bulletin (For consumers)
Food Safety Express (For food trade)
- 5 Keys to Food Safety - Practical Tips for Public
- Food Safety for Foreign Domestic Helpers