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Using World Health Day To Inform The World


Yesterday marked World Health Day. But being halfway across the globe and being a few hours ahead of everyone else, us Aussies do not really get a feel of things until a lot later. So now, I can report to you some of the intentions that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had for the special day.

As most of the people who follow our blog may know, the 2015 World Health Day focused on food safety – keeping consumers safe in the consumption of food. WHO chose this topic for 2015 after discovering that food borne illnesses are still causing a lot of issues for many people – and that is only what is reported, many believe many food borne illness cases do not get reported.

WHO used World Health Day to push policymakers around the world to build and maintain adequate food safety systems, respond to and manage food safety risks along the entire food chain, integrate food safety into broader food policies and programs, and foster communication, information sharing, and joint action between public health, animal health, agriculture and other sectors.

Furthermore WHO has provided a short step-by-step method to help battle food borne illnesses at home;

  1. Keep clean
  2. Separate raw and cooked
  3. Cook thoroughly
  4. Keep food at safe temperatures
  5. Use safe water and raw materials

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