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Food Safety Information and Insights

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) jointly facilitate the observance of World Food Safety Day, in collaboration with Member States and other relevant organizations. Join IFT on World Food Safety Day on June 7, as we share information about food safety and ways to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

Food Safety is Everyone's Business

The food system is on an ever-evolving journey. And while much has been done, there is still much more to do – both on a global and a domestic scale. Food safety is a fundamental attribute of an effective food system. At IFT, we believe consumers are entitled to expect safe food. And everyone who participates across the food value chain, including farmers and producers, manufacturers and retailers, academics and researchers, food service workers and consumers, all play a critical role in ensuring that safety.

This relationship, while complicated, continues to grow more critical given the distinct connection between food safety and food security. In the US, the CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. Globally, the UN estimates that in 2019, 2 billion people in the world did not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food. In order to feed the planet, we must keep our food supply safe. And that is why, on World Food Safety, food safety is everyone’s business.

Below, we’ve rounded up several IFT resources regarding food safety, including podcasts, articles, and blog posts for you to engage with and share with your networks on social media. Don’t forget to tag @IFT.

Bryan Hitchcock
IFT's SVP, Science & Technology and Executive Director of the Global Food Traceability Center