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Inaugural World Food Safety Day observed with theme "Food Safety, Everyone's Business"
The first World Food Safety Day was observed on June 7 this year by the UN Agencies with the theme "Food Safety, Everyone's Business" to raise awareness about the way in which food is produced, stored, handled and consumed.

UN has stressed the need for safety of our food and urged compliance with "global food standards, establishing effective regulatory food control systems including emergency preparedness and response, providing access to clean water, applying good agriculture practices (terrestrial, aquatic, livestock, horticulture), strengthening the use of food safety management systems by food business operators, and building capacities of consumers to make healthy food choices are some ways in which governments, international organizations, scientists, the private sector and civil society work to ensure food safety."

There could be the food-borne hazards in the form of microbiological, chemical or physical in nature which are often invisible to the plain eye: bacteria, viruses or pesticide residues are some examples.

UN warns, "With an estimated 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses annually, unsafe food is a threat to human health and economies, disproportionally affecting vulnerable and marginalized people, especially women and children, populations affected by conflict, and migrants."

It has been urged that in an increasingly complex and interconnected world where food value chains were growing longer, standards and regulations have become all the more important in keeping  food safe.

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