Dubai: A Dubai Municipality official has taken the message of food security “to the highest” by marking World Food Security Day 2022 with a parachute jump.
Food safety expert Bobby Krishna has taken a giant leap, literally, which he says will “build confidence in our food supply chain” in an article entitled “Make food safety a priority”, which he shared on LinkedIn today.
Krishna also posted a video of the skydiving session in which he wore a T-shirt with the message “I love food safety”. It was organized in view of the World Food Security Day celebrated on June 7.
“Food safety is rarely ‘trending’ on the internet and when it is, it’s mostly driven by panic and fear,” said Bobby, who has worked in the civic body’s food safety department for over 17 years old. Despite significant advances in science and technology, Krishna observed that unsafe food and water continue to be two of the greatest public health challenges across the world. “It may be time to prioritize public health issues and increase investment to advance food safety, using the latest technologies for the detection and prevention of foodborne illnesses, especially in following lessons learned from the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Dubai, the FoodWatch Connect application of the Dubai Municipality Food Safety Department is designed to digitize all aspects of food safety management. During an online session of the Dubai Food Safety Forum, coordinated by him, Krishna, who was instrumental in launching the FoodWatch platform, reminded food companies that registered users of the platform can use the app to perform daily food safety checks, apply for food permits and access free online learning videos.
Each year, one in ten people contract a foodborne illness and nearly half a million people die from contaminated food worldwide. “These diseases and their consequences are preventable. Our food production system is widely distributed and our supply chain and distribution systems are overloaded and therefore vulnerable to food safety risks,” said Krishna, who has won several accolades including the NSF International Food Safety Leadership Award for having been a pioneer in 2013, from the United States.
Food producers and processors play a major role in keeping contaminants away from food, he noted. “By adopting good farm-to-fork practices and implementing food safety management systems, they ensure that food is produced and distributed safely. Governments share responsibility with the food industry in ensuring that the right food safety risks are identified and that science-based, risk-free measures are developed and implemented to mitigate those risks.
Top tips for consumers
However, consumers also play a major role in ensuring that food is stored, prepared and consumed safely, Krishna stressed. Some of the best tips shared by Krishna with consumers are as follows.
1. Be careful where you buy your food. The food source must be safe. It must come from approved and inspected food companies.
2. Transport food safely home after purchase. Go home quickly. In hot conditions, cold foods such as milk and sandwiches can quickly become unsafe. These foods don’t need to smell or taste bad, even when they are unsafe.
3. Store cold foods in the refrigerator promptly and only take them out just before use.
4. Cook foods such as meat and fish to 75 degrees Celsius or higher, especially if the meat is ground. Make sure the eggs are well cooked.
5. Wash vegetables and fruits under running water. Scrub and rinse them well and use disinfectants that are safe and designed for household use.
6. When handling meat and poultry in the kitchen, pay attention to the surrounding area. Make sure that table surfaces, boards, knives and sponges (used for cleaning) do not become a source of contamination. Use separate cutting boards and knives.
7. At the restaurant, check the food safety level of the restaurant on the Dubai Municipality app.
Foodborne illnesses are preventable
Foodborne illnesses are completely preventable, Krishna stressed. “Food safety is driven by food safety professionals such as government officials involved in policy development and inspections, consultants, auditors, trainers, food safety managers, food safety professionals quality assurance and laboratory staff,” explained Krishna, who plays a key role in organizing the annual event in Dubai. International Food Security Conference that brings together global experts to address various aspects of food security challenges.
In his message to the food security fraternity, he urged them to be nimble in the face of increasing pressure on the global supply chain and food scarcity due to conflict and other reasons. He urged them to focus more on analyzing the causes of foodborne disease outbreaks and food poisoning cases and consider options to better detect food safety issues.
Commitment to Food Safety
The “World Food Safety Day” is an excellent opportunity to reinforce our commitment to food safety and to raise awareness of the importance of food safety and to mobilize actions to detect, prevent and manage the risks of origin. food and improve human health, he said.
The United Nations declared this day to bring global attention to the health consequences of contaminated food and water. Dubai Municipality is organizing a series of events in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the public and private sectors under this year’s theme, “Safer food, better health “.
“Any food can only be eaten if it is safe. We all want to promote a good culture of food safety and let’s do this by making food safety a priority in every food establishment. There should be zero tolerance for behaviors and practices that could compromise food security It is our shared responsibility and let us commit to maintaining it and making the world a better place to live,” Krishna said.