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World Food Safety Day 2021: Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow

Food safety and quality is key to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and have a huge impact on many of the global challenges we are facing. On the third observance of World Food Safety Day (7 June 2021), we use the occasion to promote awareness and urging action by highlighting what everyone can do to ensure food safety.

Food safety saves lives. It is not only a crucial component to food security, but it also plays a vital role in reducing foodborne disease. Every year, 600 million people fall sick as a result of around 200 different types of foodborne illness. The burden of such illness falls most heavily on the poor and on the young. In addition, foodborne illness is responsible for 420 000 preventable deaths every year (FAO).

The consumption and production of safe food have immediate and long-term benefits for people, the planet and the economy. The availability of safe and healthy food for all can be sustained into the future by embracing digital innovations, advancing scientific solutions as well as honoring traditional knowledge that has stood the test of time.

High standards, quality and food safety – by Denmark

Around the world, Danish agriculture and food products are synonymous with high quality, reliability and high hygiene standards. One of the reasons for the reputation is that the Danish culture for collaboration – between industry, academia and authorities is at the heart of the national approach to ongoing improvement of food safety and quality.

A case example is a biosensor developed by The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) to overcome the challenge of E. coli bacteria. By using the detection tool, farmers can quickly determine whether diarrhea-provoking bacteria are to blame when piglets become sick. Another case example is a screening method developed by FOSS to measure milk quality all the way through the production chain. This makes it possible to screen milk for any impurities such as remains from cleaning materials so the dairy farmer can maintain a high and clean quality and the safety for the consumers is raised to even higher standards.

Download white paper “Food Quality & Safety” here.

Join our Global Food Talk: Facing up to the global food challenge

Join Food Nations’ Global Food Talk on June 7, 1.00-2.00 pm CEST on World Food Safety to find answers from leading high-level profiles from the Danish and international agriculture and food scene. The talk is opened by Denmarks Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Rasmus Prehn followed by inspirational dialogues about solutions to the most central challenges facing the world in relation to international agricultural and food production.

Join the event at Food Nations Global Food Talk on Food Quality and Safety on World Food Safety Day to gain knowledge on game-changing solutions, scalable actions and partnership models for sustainable development, be inspired by international stakeholders focusing on the securement of safe food for all and become motivated to take action and share your ideas to act to ensure food security for all.

Sign up for the Global Food Talk here.