April 7 is World Health Day!
2015 World Health Day: Food Safety – 5 Ways to Practice Food Safety
World Health Day is a global public health awareness day hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO). Each year, it draws attention to a public health concern that affects people internationally. This year, 2015 World Health Day is shedding light on Food Safety.
According to the World Health Organization statistics, more than 2 million people die every year due to improper and unsafe handling of food. The majority of the affected population consists of those who are already in a compromised state of health – infants, young children, the sick, and the elderly.
The globalization of the food industry highly increases the chances of international contamination of food. Improper food handling containing harmful contaminants may result in the spreading of diseases, such as diarrhea and even cancer.
Your local United Way would like to keep you and your family safe from preventable food-borne diseases. Based on WHO guidelines, here are 5 Ways to Practice Food Safety:
1. Keep clean. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling food.
2. Separate raw and cooked food. In food preparation, make sure raw foods (especially meat) and cooked food never come in contact.
3. Cook food thoroughly. Especially with chicken and pork, the risk of contraction of bacterial disease is higher if the meat is still pink.
4. Keep food at safe temperatures. Refrigerate foods for preservation.
5. Use safe water and raw materials.
Share this information with friends, family, and your community to ensure Food Safety! For more information about Food Safety and World Health Day 2015, visit the World Health Organization at http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2015/en/.