Food Safety Let con­sumers drive it

Consumer Voice - - Food & Stuff -

Food safety is a ma­jor pub­lic health con­cern. Food safety in­cludes ad­e­quate han­dling, prepa­ra­tion and stor­age of food to pre­vent food-borne ill­nesses. Con­stant ef­forts have been made by the govern­ment, stake­hold­ers, sci­en­tists, in­dus­tri­al­ists, epi­demi­ol­o­gists and pub­lic health work­ers to en­sure op­ti­mum han­dling of food. At the same time, as much as con­sumers have a right to ex­pect that the foods they pur­chase and con­sume will be safe and of high qual­ity, they also have a duty to fol­low some sim­ple mea­sures to avoid food-borne diseases. They have ev­ery­thing to gain by be­ing aware of the pros and cons as­so­ci­ated with food/food types as well as ba­sic reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing la­belling and var­i­ous ac­cept­abil­ity pa­ram­e­ters.

For in­stance, la­belling en­ables con­sumers to make in­formed de­ci­sions and is in­tended for care­ful read­ing and un­der­stand­ing. It iden­ti­fies the man­u­fac­turer and pro­vides in­struc­tions for safe and ef­fec­tive use of the prod­uct, as well as pro­vides in­for­ma­tion about con­tents, in­gre­di­ents, health and safety features, prepa­ra­tion and stor­age.

Why is Con­sumer Par­tic­i­pa­tion Essen­tial?

Food is one of our ba­sic needs and out­breaks of food-borne ill­nesses can be re­duced if con­sumers

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