For a Better and Safer World
World Food Safety Day is the 7th of June, and it is an important day for the food industry. The day observes and draws attention to the health consequences of contaminated food and water. This year’s theme is Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow. The focus is on the short and long-term effects contaminated food could have on our society.
For example, children and adults exposed to contaminated food suffer short-term health and societal issues. If people are ill, they miss work and school. Foodborne illness can last 2-7 days, and missing that amount of class or work can have adverse effects on the overall health of an individual the future economy. In the long-term, people potentially increase their chances of suffering from the aftereffects of heavy metals and pesticides in their food.
This year’s World Food Safety Day theme lines up with AGQ Labs’ yearlong goal of doing our work For a better and safer world. As a third-party lab for food manufacturers and agronomy clients, we strive for quality food safety analyses. The topic is crucial because we know the importance of analysis since we share responsibility for ensuring the food people consume is safe.
World Food Safety and the Food Supply Chain
Food safety surrounds the process of creating, testing, and applying practices to food. All of which is to create a final product with little to no harmful risks to the consumer.
In the United States, we participate in a global food supply chain. A vital model for the world because certain food products are not available year-round. However, the downside to the worldwide market is the complex food safety standards and practices.
What has relieved the complexity is the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and White House Organization (WHO) Codex Alimentarius. A guidebook in which participating member countries vote in for food safety standards in international trading. Plus, it lays out the basic tenets of the expectations and criteria any food item can have.
In the United States, the relief has come from governmental actors such as the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the Department of Commerce. All of whom establish limits on pesticides, heavy metals in and around the production of food.
The infrastructure of the supply chain happens from “farm to fork.” That means that all participants (growers, harvesters, processors, transportations, and sellers) are responsible for mitigating supply chain risks.
The first-ever World Food Safety Day was on the 7th of June 2019. Two years later, we are continuously bettering ourselves as an industry to ensure our clients, partners, and consumers receive the best.