Food Safety & Sustainable Development
- Food safety and relative issues
Food safety is a theme having high priority and relevance among governments, civil society, the private sector and intergovernmental agencies across the globe. Unsafe food is a major public health issue and restoring food trust with the consumer is now becoming an important area of concern among governments, regulators and enforcement agencies, and large multinational companies.
Unsafe food is linked to the deaths of an estimated 2 million people annually – including many children. Food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances is responsible for more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhea to cancers.
New threats to food safety are constantly emerging. Changes in food production, distribution and consumption; changes to the environmental and toxicological risks; new and emerging pathogens; antimicrobial resistance posed challenges to national food safety systems. Increases in travel and trade enhance the likelihood that contamination can spread internationally. As our food supply becomes increasingly globalized, the need to strengthen food safety systems in and between all countries is becoming more and more evident. That is why the WHO is promoting efforts to improve food safety, from farm to plate (and everywhere in between) on World Health Day, 7 April 2015. World Health Day 2015 is an opportunity to alert people working in different government sectors, farmers, manufacturers, retailers, health practitioners – as well as consumers – about the importance of food safety, and the part each can play in ensuring that everyone can feel confident that the food on their plate is safe to eat.
- Sustainable development and next generation’s health
Sustainable development (SD) can be defined simply as a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come. Achieving food safety for sustainable community development means producing affordable and good quality food and drink in accordance with high environmental and animal welfare standards.
Sustainable development and next generation’s health is a long-term perspective about the consequences of today’s activities for food safety. Development is defined sustainable when it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Pivoting on social, environmental and economic aspects of food chain sustainability, the concept of sustainable food safety also needs to be based on the prevention of risks and burden of poor health for generations to come.
- Main contents of the conference
- Clean energy and water resource for the sustainable development;
- Contaminants in food and feed;
- Environmental and toxicological risks;
- Food processing and preservation techniques;
- Food distribution and consumption;
- Food safety and health.
Dr. Nguyen Duc Trung
Member of VINAFOSA executive office