Every year, millions of people become ill and thousands die as a result of eating unsafe food . Food can become contaminated at any point before its consumption, including during preparation and there is a lack of awareness all over the world that food can make an individual sick if not properly handled, prepared and stored. Such ignorance leads to a large proportion of foodborne diseases which could be prevented.
The WHO Five keys to safer food explain the basic principles that each individual should know all over the world to prevent foodborne diseases. Over 100 countries have reported using the Five Keys to Safer Food to build educational programmes and the poster is available in 85 languages. As a result, thousands of food handlers, including consumers understood the importance of adopting safe food handling behaviors to help prevent the spread of food borne diseases.
The five keys to safer food
– Keep your work space clean
– Separate raw and cooked foods
– Cook thoroughly and on the right temperature
– Keep food at safe temperatures
– Use safe water and raw materials
Source: World Health Organization,