It’s World Food Safety Day today! World Food Safety Day is celebrated on the 7th of June every year since it was proclaimed by the United Nations in 2018. The day is about recognising the importance of producing and consuming safe food with the aim of preventing foodborne illness. This year’s theme is ‘safe food today for a healthy tomorrow’, recognising how the consumption of safe and healthy food can help us to meet future needs and achieve future goals.
Thankfully, in Australia, and in other nations such as New Zealand, we have high standards when it comes to food safety. This is mostly due to the work conducted by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). FSANZ was established in 1991 under the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act, and since then, it has worked to ensure consumers have confidence that the food they purchase is safe for them to consume. Without this body and the high standards it sets, the rate of foodborne illness in this country could be much higher. Even though we have such high food safety standards in Australia, we all have a role in ensuring the safety of food we prepare.
Food safety is an integral part of what we teach in Food Technology, and hence, it’s important we observe this day. It is critical our students know about the importance of food safety and what they can do to reduce the risk of foodborne illness in the dishes they prepare. So, we’ve developed a list of five tips for ensuring food safety in food technology.