World Health Day is celebrated on 7th April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO – World Health Organization, in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health. The Day provides an opportunity for individuals in every community to get involved in activities that can lead to better health. The topic for 2015 is Food Safety.
Food Safety has become a priority because of food-borne illnesses and slow poisoning by unsafe foods. And this topic of Food Safety is most important to India because it is the most neglected one in our country. Our vegetables and fruits are contaminated with fertilizers and pesticides and treated with chemicals for ripening and brighter appearance. Our Non-vegetarian products are carelessly handled. Our water and even milk is contaminated. Road side eateries amidst dust, dirt and insects, with shabby cooks and unhygienic ingredients can be found all over the country. These unsafe practices go unchecked. All this should end.
As in many other countries, India should make this slogan come true: “From farm to plate, make food safe.”
You may please watch these World Health Day 2015 Food Safety Videos: