The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced the theme for the 2022 World Food Safety Day, “Safer food, better health,” and launched the campaign to inspire global participation.

Safe food is one of the most critical guarantors for good health. Unsafe foods are the cause of many diseases and contribute to other poor health conditions, such as impaired growth and development, micronutrient deficiencies, noncommunicable or communicable diseases, and mental illness. Globally, one in ten people are affected by foodborne diseases annually.

The campaign stresses the need to transform food systems to deliver better health in a sustainable manner to prevent most foodborne diseases. Food systems policy-makers, practitioners, and investors are invited to reorient their activities to increase the sustainable production and consumption of safe foods to improve health outcomes.

WHO, jointly with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is calling on everyone to join the World Food Safety Day campaign to ensure safe food for all. The campaign guide, available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish, presents information and ideas on how to take part in the fourth annual World Food Safety Day.

The United Nations General Assembly established World Food Safety Day in 2018 to raise awareness of this important issue. WHO and FAO jointly facilitate the observance of World Food Safety Day, in collaboration with Member States and other stakeholders.

For more information, visit the campaign webpage.