World Health Day

Ensuring food in the Region is safe from farm to plate

WHO/A. Esquillon

MANILA, 1 APRIL 2015 - Diseases caused by unsafe food claim an estimated 2 million lives globally each year. The World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region marks World Health Day (7 April) this year by urging governments, the food industry and consumers to observe food safety to save lives and improve global health.

Five keys to safer food: A video on how to prevent foodborne diseases

This animated film explains the WHO Five Keys to Safer Food to the general public. It encourages consumers and food preparers to follow good hygiene practices to prevent foodborne diseases and improve health.

Food safety ‘from farm to plate, make food safe’ is the theme of World Health Day 2015. The Day is an opportunity to promote efforts to improve food safety throughout the food chain from farm to plate.

World Health Day 2015: From farm to plate – make food safe

This year’s theme of World Health Day focuses on food safety. Food safety is the assurance that food will not cause harm to the consumer when it is prepared and/or eaten according to its intended use. Access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food is a basic human right and a prerequisite for good health. Everybody is at risk of foodborne diseases and with new food safety threats constantly emerging and with increased globalization of the food chain, food safety is becoming an increasing public health concern.

Improving nutrition, food safety and food security for China’s most vulnerable women and children

The UN/Spanish MDG Achievement Fund Joint Programme on Improving Nutrition Food Safety and Food Security for China’s most Vulnerable Women and Children have contributed to improving local production of safe and nutritious vegetables and livestock products. This contributed to improve nutrition profile of the local population and significantly less consumer complaints.


fact buffet

Over 200 diseases can be caused by unsafe food

Health topic: Food safety and foodborne diseases

2 million
estimated deaths every year from contaminated food and drinking water

Food safety fact sheet

Millions of dollarsevery year are lost due to food safety issues

Health topic: Food safety