Do you know where your food comes from? Do you know how your food was grown? Do you know what is in your meal? Do you know if your food was properly – and safely – handled from farm to plate?
Chemically enhanced foods and genetically modified organisms are current public health issues causing a lot of concern today especially in African countries were the consumption of fast and convenience food is on the rise. Because of the nutrition transition, many more people consume unsafe foods which pose a treat to the health of infants, school children, pregnant women, and old persons.
Research shows that, food and water containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances are responsible for more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Meats, seafood, cooked rice, cooked pasta, milk, cheese and eggs are common types of food that can become unsafe very fast.
The reason why for this years world health day, the WHO calls on farmers, producers, policy-makers and the public to promote food safety under the motto “from farm to plate, make food safe”. Each one of us can contribute to this effect by applying some simply but very effective rules during food processing, packaging, even at the point of sale and at home. Watch the video below and find out how: