Food safety

WHO Five Keys to Safer Food event at Milano Food Expo 2015

The activities to mark World Health Day (WHD) 2015 on food safety continue. The theme of WHD 2015 "How safe is your food? From farm to plate - make food safe" is closely related to the theme of the EXPO: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. In this context, WHO and the Swiss Pavilion at EXPO Milano 2015 organized chocolate workshops on 7 and 8 October during which participants made their own block of chocolate and learned about how to handle food safely with the Five Keys to Safer Food. Read more:

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World Health Day 2015: Food Safety

Every year, World Health Organization selects a priority area of global public health concern as the theme for World Health Day, which falls on 7 April, the birthday of the Organization. World Health Day 2015 on Food Safety is an opportunity to alert governments, manufacturers, retailers and the public to the importance of food safety - and the part each can play in ensuring that the food on people' plates is safe to eat.

All people need food, each and every day

Unsafe food causes many diseases, ranging from diarrhoeal diseases to various forms of cancer. A safe food supply supports economy, trade and tourism, contributes to food and nutrition security, and stimulates sustainable development.

WHO works to make food safe and nutritious all over the world.



Recent publications

Call for data and experts

New call for experts: JECFA Roster New call for data: JECFA 82, JMPR 2016

WHO fact sheets on food safety

Educational video: Five keys to safer food

WHO department Food Safety and Zoonoses