By Jeff Kizzilah
As the World mark and celebrates the 5th World Food Safety Day (WFSD) the attention is drawn towards raising awareness and importance to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security to the groups and vulnerable communities.
The First World Foood Safety Day which was marked in 2019 promised to inspire action and to help detect and manage the safety of food.
This year’s (WFSD)meeting supported the theme: Food Standards Save Lives,to help raise awareness to all communities,moreover to the celebrations which can contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goals SDGs) mostly the SDG2 of the United Nation in ending hunger as well as achieving the food security.
Speaking during the World Food Safety Summit the PS said that there’s a need to enhance investment,fostering strategic patnerships and collaboration amongst African countries.
“We need to encourage and support research initiatives focusing on new technologies methodologies and best practices to enhance food safety management systems,” Muthoni said
She added that the National Food Fortification Alliance is initiative formed to boost health by increasing micronutrient intake in commonly consumed foods like salt, maize meal, wheat flour & cooking oil.
Kenyan Ministry of Health Principal secretary Public Health Mrs Mary Muthoni has stressed on the immediate action to provide food safety for the needy people.
The Danida Corporation Agency in collaboration with patners including Africa Union Commission,East Africa,Kenya Government,TradeMark Kenya and MESPT to support and create platforms for sharing best practices on food security in Kenya and Afrida as a whole.
Mrs Rebecca Omukohye MESPT CEO also said improving food safeety requires Sustainable investment in several areas including stronger regulations to better coordination and better laboratories.
She said the last 5 years MESPT through the support and the Royal Danish Embassy and have been implementing food safety systems.
In the last (WFSD) the patners agreed to form caucus focusing on state and non-state actors in an effort across the continent inorder to raise the food safety.
The summit brought together 220 participants from 30 african counties.