June 7 is World Food Safety Day!

June 7 is World Food Safety Day!

The world now has a Food Safety Day!

On December 20, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed June 7 as World Food Safety Day. Starting from 2019, we will officially celebrate Food Safety on this Day!

What does this mean for Nigeria?

In a country where majority spare no thought for the safety of the food they consume, this new development will open doors for more food safety campaigns. Such campaigns are expected to inspire action for safer food and reduce foodborne illnesses. Hopefully, there will be great reduction in cases of and food- poisoning- related illnesses and deaths, which have been on the increase, recently.

What is the big picture?

World Food Safety Day will be a chance for everyone to take a moment to think about something we often take for granted: food safety. Thanks to the widespread efforts of Codex Members and Observers, the international community will speak with one voice on 7 June to promote awareness and inspire actions for safer food.

Codex Secretary, Tom Heilandt.
United Nations General Assembly

The readiness of the world to adopt a world food safety day was evident in the series of events leading to the UN proclamation. The twitter campaign that ran from 17 September to 20 December revealed that every nation is concerned about food safety. Codex Members, observer organizations and the general public joined in to express their support for creating a UN day dedicated to food safety. Now we all have a day set aside to celebrate the many benefits of safe food. Food Safety organizations should begin to set things in motion to celebrate the first ever World Food Safety Day.

Nigeria, are you ready?

Let the countdown begin!

Kunbi Omotoso

Promoting safe food choices in Nigeria


  1. Adeola - 31 December 2018 Reply

    This is a welcome development.

    • Kunbi Omotoso - 3 January 2019 Reply

      It really is. Let us hope that this brings about increased awareness on the benefits of safe food as intended.

    • Kunbi Omotoso - 3 January 2019 Reply

      Nigeria has a long way to go in terms of food safety education. This is an opportunity to increase its awareness.

  2. Isobomuwa Iriabe - 13 May 2019 Reply

    This is great. I believe this will do a total overhaul on our food safety culture

  3. Mike - 20 May 2019 Reply

    What’s the theme for this year’s event?

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