The First Ever World Food Safety Day, a Major Milestone Worth Celebrating!
In December of 2018, the General Assembly adopted a resolution creating a World Food Safety Day, the first ever day of its nature to exist. In this resolution, it reaffirmed a previous resolution to focus on Sustainable Development Goals for a 2030 Agenda. These targets centered around the eradication of poverty and the commitment to sustainable development in the economic, social and environmental realms.
What do the eradication of poverty and sustainable development have to do with food safety, you may ask? To quote the UN, “there is no food security without food safety.” With such a globalized market, any disruptions caused by poor food safety can have negative large-scale repercussions in public health and the economy. There are several SDGs in particular that are directly affected by food safety. SDG 2 strives to achieve zero hunger, while SDG 3 strives for general health and well-being. The failure to meet these two goals in turn poses barriers to achieving SDG 1, 4, and 9: if we are not healthy, we restrict human potential and our ability to grow society across all sectors. Thinking beyond the direct effects of food safety on SDGs, we could even say that the successes of SDGs 11-15 are significantly dependent on food safety. For example, when a large-scale recall occurs, waste is generated not only by the footprint of the recall itself, but also by the energy expended in the food’s production.
On a happier note, the relationship between food safety and sustainable growth can also be seen in a positive light: if we are able to implement proper food safety measures, then we make it easier to achieve good public health and economic growth, leading to sustainable results like increased employment and poverty relief!
With all of this in mind, the UN decided it was time to increase public awareness of the importance of food safety towards not only public health, but also towards international development. The UN is attempting to affect the behavior and culture surrounding international food safety by designating a day to recognize its importance. The US FDA has already taken action to recognize this day and spread the word about how to prevent foodborne illnesses! Here, at PathSpot, we are also aware of the need to address a larger goal of changing public perceptions around food safety. What better way to meet this goal than by starting in restaurants, where much of the world’s food safety incidents occur? By partnering with PathSpot, restaurants can do their part in supporting the UN’s food safety measures needed to preserve food security.
So what does all this say about the direction we’re going with food safety? In recent years, food safety scares have become increasingly present in news headlines, with more outbreaks being reported than ever before. In response, our international policy makers are stressing the role that food safety has in sustainability, poverty, and public health. In fact, it seems as though there has been a large shift in mindset towards food safety, with it being the theme for 2015’s World Health Day and this year’s Global Handwashing Day. PathSpot is so excited to be doing our part in reducing the burden of foodborne illnesses and in contributing to sustainable growth. Click here to learn how you can work with us and make every day World Safety Day!