World Food Safety Day

In collaboration with Environmental Health Australia, we presented a series of live discussions with regulators from around the world. The discussions explored the interconnectivity of food safety and how food is kept safe in communities across the globe. 

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Panelists

Govindaraj Dev Kumar | University of Georgia

Zeineb Bouallegui | Tunisia

Yashveer Sewraj | South Africa


Environmental Health Australia

Panelists

Dr. Wessam Atif | Philippines 

Tanya Morrison | New Zealand

Ruba Sundram Muthusamy | Malaysia


"June 7 is World Food Safety Day. This day reminds us that we all have a part to play to ensure access to safe food in our increasingly global world. This year’s theme is “Safer food, better health,” highlighting the connection between food safety and good health. The National Environmental Health Association is proud to support the critical food safety work our members and our global community perform year-round."

- President Roy Kroeger, REHS

Overview

World Food Safety Day is observed annually on June 7. The United Nations declared the observance in 2018 and it is jointly facilitated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). World Food Safety Day aims to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect, and manage foodborne risks contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism, and sustainable development.

Access to safe food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. Food safety has a critical role in assuring that food stays safe at every stage of the food chain - from production to harvest, processing, storage, distribution, all the way to preparation and consumption. Food safety is a shared responsibility between governments, producers, and consumers. 

We recognize World Food Safety Day as part of our aim to help inform, educate, and improve preparedness, response, and prevention of foodborne diseases within both the regulatory and industry workforce. This international day is an opportunity to strengthen efforts to ensure that the food we eat is safe, mainstream food safety in the public agenda, and reduce the burden of foodborne diseases globally.

 

“The goal of World Food Safety Day is to encourage actions to reduce, prevent, and protect against foodborne diseases. This year’s theme, ‘Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow’, emphasizes that production and consumption of safe food has long term effects on our lives, and the economy. Everyone has a role to play, from farm to fork, to ensure the food we consume is safe. The National Environmental Health Association is pleased to be part of this effort and recognizes the work of our members in food safety."

Sandra Long, REHS, RS 
Past-President, National Environmental Health Association

Past World Food Safety Day Observances

World Food Safety Day 2021 with Environmental Health Australia

Have you ever wondered what food safety looks like in other countries? In 2021, we teamed up with Environmental Health Australia (EHA) to explore how regulators keep retail food safe all across the globe. This 24-hour event featured an opening address by Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, followed by a series of short conversations with food safety regulators from all around the world, offering a peek into how we keep retail food safe for the global community.

Get a preview of all of our speakers for this event in the compilation video below. We spoke to regulators from all around the world including Iran, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, the U.S., and Jamaica. Their insights, experiences, and passion cross national borders and demonstrate how our global community responds to their unique situations while sharing similar values. 

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World Food Safety Day 2020 with Dr. Robert V. Tauxe

View a virtual lecture from Robert V. Tauxe, MD, MPH, Director of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases as we observe the second annual World Food Safety Day. 

 

Dr. Tauxe discussed the state of food safety pre-and post- COVID-19 and provided his perspective on the immediate impact on current foodborne disease surveillance. 

 

About the Speaker

Dr. Robert Tauxe is the Director of the CDC Division charged with the prevention and control of foodborne, waterborne, and fungal infections. The Division monitors the frequency of these infections in the United States, investigates outbreaks, develops the science, and promotes the policies that will help prevent the disease, disability, and deaths that they cause.

Dr. Tauxe graduated from Yale University in 1975 and received his medical degree from Vanderbilt Medical School. He completed an internal medicine residency, trained at CDC in the Epidemic Intelligence Service, and joined CDC staff in 1985.

His interests include bacterial enteric diseases, epidemiology and pathogenesis of infectious diseases, epidemiologic and clinical consequences of bacterial genetic exchange, antimicrobial use and resistance to antimicrobial agents, and teaching epidemiologic methods. His faculty appointments include the School of Public Health and the Department of Biology at Emory University, Atlanta.

Dr. Tauxe has written/co-authored 301 journal articles, letters, and book chapters.


World Food Safety Day 2019

We celebrated the first annual World Food Safety Day by sharing resources dedicated to educating food safety and environmental health professionals

WORLD FOOD SAFETY DAY 2019


Food Safety Credentials

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Food Safety Certificate Programs

Our certificate programs have been designed for people working in food facilities—from manufacturing and processing to food service operations—to increase food safety knowledge, practices, and controls.

Additional Resources

We offer a broad range of food safety resources including our E-Learning courses, food publications, policy statements, and more.