Food safety, everyone’s business

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First-ever World Food Safety Day celebration comes as International Poultry Council continues food safety engagement in the supply chain globally.

The International Poultry Council (IPC) joins the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and consumers of poultry around the world in celebration of the first-ever World Food Safety Day on 7 June 2019.

Through WFSD, FAO and WHO are pursuing their efforts to mainstream food safety in the public agenda and reduce the burden of foodborne diseases globally.

The IPC is pleased to join in the celebration of the first-ever WFSD,” said IPC President Robin Horel. “Access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health, and the world’s poultry producers play an important role meeting the need for safe and affordable meat protein.

WFSD is being celebrated under the theme “Food safety, everyone’s business” to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development.

The poultry supply chain globally has a shared responsibility to ensure actions are taken at each step of food production and handling to minimize food safety risks and is working to advance standards, guidelines and codes of practice,” Horel said.

Food safety is, indeed, everyone’s business on WFSD and on every day,” he said. “We are committed to working to ensure the highest level of food safety from the farm to the consumer in providing safe, sustainable and nutritious poultry products globally.

The International Poultry Council engages with the FAO, OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) and the Codex Alimentarius and other multilateral international organizations to advance standards, guidelines and codes of practice that enhance food safety.

In a meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 27-30, IPC members will continue their long-standing work on the development of positions to guide standards, guidelines and codes of practice that enhance food safety.

For information about the International Poultry Council, contact Secretary General Marilia Rangel at marilia@internationalpoultrycouncil.org. Country associations and companies involved in the poultry production and consumption chain are welcome to join the IPC.