Commitments to action

Food Safety Partnership—Public, Private, NGOs and Academic

GAIN

According to WHO, in 2010, the global burden of foodborne disease was estimated at 600 million illnesses and 420,000 premature deaths. Of those affected, 38% were children under five years of age; 53% were people living in low- and middle-income countries. To nourish all people, with a healthy diet, in a sustainable way, considerable efforts must be made to reduce contamination in foods. Simply put, unsafe foods cannot nourish and can’t be considered food at all.

As part of the call to action following the UN Food Systems Summit, expert advisors, member nations, and nationally and globally representative NGOs came together to form their own partnership for action to drive transformative ideas to ensure the safety of our foods is not forgotten.

The safe food partnership has brought together over 100 members from industry, government, academia, and civil society. They argue that to reduce the hundreds of thousands of annual deaths and millions of annual illnesses brought on by unsafe foods, some things need to change:

  1. If we can’t measure it, we can’t fix it. Priority needs to be made to understand and measure what is happening on the ground. More national and sub-national data on public health and the economic impacts of foodborne disease are needed.
  2. Minimal regulatory structures and capabilities need to be in place to support domestic food safety.
  3. To slow the occurrence of food-borne disease, the current paradigm that focuses national food safety investment on foods for export must realign for domestic consumption and public health.
  4. There is an immediate need for capacity strengthening. Capacity to implement food safety regulations and standards. Capacity for analysis and laboratory infrastructure.
  5. Consumers empowered with knowledge (labelling) and choices (transparency) can drive markets to provide safe food.

Constituency

Member state(s)
Private sector
Producer organizations
Civil society
Academic

Action Area(s)

Nourish All People

Location

Global

Key contact

Caroline Smith DeWaal, GAIN
[email protected]

Keywords

Food safety
Capacity building
Partnership

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