KUWAIT, May 2 (KUNA) -- Food safety is a shared responsibility between the
government and consumers, thus the Kuwaiti government is exerting efforts to
raise people's awareness about their role in ensuring the safety of food
The municipality is planning a wide array of activities aimed at educating
consumers on carrying out self assesment of their food purchases and how to
avoid foodborne illnesses, the municipality's General Director Eng. Ahmad
Al-Subaih told KUNA Thursday.
The campaigns provide people with proper education about the
characteristics of safe food, how food becomes contaminated, how to prevent
contamination through good hygiene practices and right packaging and storage
practices as a part of habitual precautions taken by individuals to protect
the health and well-being of themselves.
"Kuwait municipality's role in ensuring the safety of food handled in local
markets is not confined to monitoring and inspection of food suppliers and
outlets but also on raising people's awareness about the safety of their own
food," he said.
"We aim to help new generations be more aware about the concept of food
safety," he told KUNA.
Al-Subaih added that Kuwait Municipality food safety awareness efforts
target all citizens and residents, particularly youth and students.
"The campaign includes a plethora of activities such as lectures, seminars
and workshops," he told KUNA.
Meanwhile, Head of the Municipality Inspection team at Al-Farwaniyah
Governorate said the inspection teams are carrying out around-the-clock
inspection campaigns to ensure food producers, importers and suppliers abide
by food safety standards.
The Municipality is intensifying its inspection campaigns on the whole
market as well as food companies, particularly those who supply schools with
food, he said.
According to the World Health Orgnization, each day millions of people
become ill and thousands die from a preventable foodborne disease. More than
200 diseases are transmitted through food.
Although governments throughout the world are attempting to improve the
safety of the food supply, the occurrence of foodborne disease remains a
significant health issue in both developed and developing countries.
Even though food contamination can occur at any stage of the food
production chain, a high proportion of foodborne disease is caused by foods
improperly prepared or handled at home or in food service establishments.
Proper food handling is of particular importance for people in high-risk
groups (e.g. children, older people, pregnant and immunocompromised
individuals) and their care-givers.
Its report, Who stressed that the education of consumers and food handlers,
to raise awareness of food safety risks is, therefore, essential to prevent
foodborne diseases and ensure better health.
After thorough consultation with food safety experts and risk
communicators, WHO has recently initiated a health promotion campaign based
five simple rules, to help ensure food and water safety during food handling
and preparation.The five keys to safer food: 1) Keep clean; 2) Separate raw
and cooked; 3) Cook food thoroughly; 4) Keep food at safe temperatures; 5) Use
safe water and raw materials. (end)
KUNA 021720 May 13NNNN