A Call for Safer Food: EatSafe Commemorates WFSD in Nigeria and Ethiopia
World Food Safety Day (WFSD) is an annual, collaborative opportunity to strengthen efforts at ensuring safe food reaches the consumer. Jointly led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), WFSD raises awareness of the various roles and activities aimed to reduce the burden of foodborne illness. In honor of this year’s theme, food standards save lives, EatSafe in Nigeria and Ethiopia led celebratory events during the week of June 7.
Kebbi and Sokoto States Lead EatSafe in Nigeria’s Celebrations
The Association for Promotion of Food Safety and Improved Nutrition (APFSAN), an independent EatSafe intervention, led various events during the week of June 5-9. Both Sokoto and Kebbi chapters of APFSAN led food safety trainings for traditional market actors alongside mini Food Safety Trade Fairs for the general public. EatSafe’s radio show, Sayan Nageri, also featured a special World Food Safety Day episode, featuring live call-ins and remarks from EatSafe staff.
APFSAN in Sokoto led a “Walk for Food Safety” aimed to raise awareness of the importance of food safety and garner support to improve food safety in the Sokoto community. Key stakeholders from the Sokoto community rallied in support of World Food Safety Day and its theme. The Kebbi chapter of APFSAN led a Food Safety and Nutrition Summit, hosted by Professor Muhammad Zaiyan Umar, Vice Chancellor of the Bioscience Research Institute (BRI) Federal University of Birnin Kebbi. Food safety experts shared their insights and hope for food safety in the state across several themes including food safety across the value chain and the impacts of foodborne disease. The summit also featured cooking demonstrations, competitions, awards, and interactive games to engage the public.
Nationally, EatSafe took part in activities led by Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and the National Food Safety Management Committee (NFSMC). EatSafe presented a webinar about the role of food standards in supporting national food safety systems. NFSMC’s led a symposium in Abuja, which included a Ministerial Press Briefing, paper presentations, Codex’s 60th-anniversary celebrations, an award ceremony, and the launch of a “Consumer Pocket Guide on Food Safety and Nutrition.” Over 100 participants, composed of stakeholders from the farm-to-table continuum, attended the event.
Stakeholders Join EatSafe’s WFSD Workshop in Hawassa, Ethiopia
EatSafe in Ethiopia commemorated WFSD by hosting a dynamic and informative workshop in Hawassa, Ethiopia. The event brought together an impressive array of participants, including government officials, private businesses, academia, development partners, and consumers. The event, which lasted for half a day, was organized to shed light on the crucial theme of "food standards save lives." The workshop was abuzz with insightful speeches from esteemed representatives of the Regional Health and Trade and Industry Bureaus, emphasizing the paramount importance of food safety. EatSafe’s Richard Pluke and GAIN’s Genet Gebremedhin reinforced the program’s commitment to food safety in Ethiopia and shared findings and progress of the work to date. The event also included a panel discussion among food safety experts and an interactive quiz competition testing participants’ food safety knowledge.
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