Vulnerable Empowerment Initiative Network

Food Safety

Food for Health

Our Goal is to ensure delivery of quality safe food that ensures Health for all.

Mission to intensify campaign in favour of food safety in order to reduce the alarming food-related mortality, particularly, particularly maternal and child mortality and assure improved quality for home consumption and trade across the borders.

Our Strategy includes awareness creation, education and advocacy for behavioral change.

Food safety, an intricate and critical part of the sustainable food security is the assurance that food products have been handled, processed, packaged, stored, distributed and consumed in a manner that guarantees wholesomeness. It is the assurance that food consumed will not bring harm to the body. It therefore demands that safety of food be observed along the entire food chain, from production through consumption.

Incidentally, food safety is the aspect of food security that is receiving the least attention, particularly in developing countries where a combination of poverty and ignorance has confined people to quantity above safety consideration. The World Health Organization says hundreds of millions of people suffer from communicable diseases caused by contaminated food and water. Increased awareness of the serious and chronic health effects of food-borne pathogens; the economic consequences of food-borne diseases and its increasing presence in many regions of the world; increasing number of the vulnerable group and individuals with varying underlying problems; industrialization and increased mass production, coupled with attendant risk to food contamination; increased trade across the borders, requiring that international food safety standards be maintained and the effect of climate change on health are all contributory == of its spread.

Experts say 55% of diseases are food borne and 50 percent of under -5 deaths are as a result of diarrhea and this has implication to food (and water) safety and hygiene. It means burden of health could be significantly reduced via agriculture activities.

World Health organization (WHO) suggest that effort be made to guarantee safe food, improve the safety and quality of food at all stages of the food chain, safeguarding consumers health and promoting fair and transparent trade. Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, said:

Governments need to give food safety just as much attention as they devote to the quality and safety of pharmaceutical products. Not everyone needs to take medicine every day but all people need food each and every day.

Thus, governments and consumers have added responsibility to ensure safe food for the citizens; the former through ensuring implementation of policies and the later through daily observance of healthy choice of foods and in preparation and storage of food products. This call is more apt in most developing nations, where products value addition is being stressed to ensure safety at every point. Assurance is needed that foods grown in the countries meet safety standards. Imported foods must also comply with such standards.

Efforts at food safety must be intensified to reduce mortality, particularly maternal and child, and assure increased trade across the borders.

Food for Health

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