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World Food Safety Day

World Food Safety Day is an initiative developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) who manage a Joint Food Standards Programme, the Codex Alimentarius Commission

The Bahamas Agricultural Health & Food Safety Authority (BAHFSA) works with other agencies to promote a “One Health Approach” aimed at improving the transparent administration of food safety in The Bahamas. Initatives are handled by the Food Safety and Quality (FSQ) Unit.

The FSQ hosted a series of events during June 2022 to celebrate World Food Safety Day under the theme “Safer Food, Better Health”. Speakers included Dr. Patricia Johnson (Director of FSQ), Dr. Patrica Symonette (BAHFSA Chairperson), Barbara Albries (Dep. Permanent Secretary, MOAMFIA) and a keynote address by Dr. Eldonna Boisson, the PAHA Country Representative for The Bahamas and TCI.

FACTS ABOUT FOODBORNE ILLNESS

  • 600 million people get sick annually
  • 200 different types of foodborne illness
  • Blamed for 420,000 preventable deaths every year.

Safe Recipes Multiple studies show that when consumers follow recipes that incorporate basic food safety instructions, they significantly increase food safety behaviours. The Safe Recipe Style Guide, created by food safety experts and honed by leading food journalists, is designed for use by recipe writers for all published materials, including cookbooks, social media, web sites, blog entries, newspapers and magazines, and industry promotional materials. 

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