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Wednesday will mark World Food Safety Day which is an annual celebration to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks.

Foodborne diseases affect 1 in 10 people worldwide each year. 1 million 600 000 people get sick due to unsafe food every day, on average. 

This year’s theme, Food standards save lives, highlights the role of established food safety practices and standards, which ensure food safety and quality. 

Jointly facilitated by WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Food Safety Day 2023 celebrations will be marked by a hybrid high-level event on 7 June, 12:15 – 13:30 CEST to discuss the food standards at the heart of food safety.

Food safety mainly refers to the practices that should be observed during the handling, storage, processing, and distribution of food (either in the raw or cooked state) to ensure that contaminants that can cause foodborne illnesses are not present.

Food safety is an essential aspect of food production and handling as it ensures that the health and safety of consumers are protected from any food-related issues.

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