World Food Safety Day, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2018, kick-starts a series of global initiatives to promote awareness and urge actions by highlighting what everyone can do to ensure food safety. This year, World Food Safety Day is dedicated to everyone who helped ensure the COVID-19 crisis did not interrupt supply chains.
To all those that guaranteed safe food remained available, contributing to the consumption of healthy diets; from the workers in the fields to those in the supermarkets to all those preparing food for others and themselves, we thank you, and we celebrate you.
Food Waste: “One Man’s Trash Is Another’s Treasure.”
In the world, every year nearly one-third of the annual food production ends up in the trash. If we were to put them in numbers, that’s 1.3 billion tonnes – enough to feed 868 million starving people (12% of the world population) 4 times over.
Myanmar environmentalist Inda Aung Soe is baffled with the common notion that food waste is nothing but garbage. But the 35-year-old environmentalist isn’t complaining, because what he views as his peoples’ lack of imagination has given him the business opportunity of a lifetime – turning what they throw away into fertilizer. Each day, he collects about a tonne of food waste from wet markets near his home in Yangon’s North Dagon Township, pouring baskets of leftover vegetables into a cart before processing it into organic compost over the course of several months.
His aim is to triple production and help the environment by reducing greenhouse gases while persuading other people to adopt the techniques for soil preservation and combating climate change. Inda Soe Aung gets help from his wife, Aye Aye Than, who says she is proud of the business and its contribution to the environment.
Meanwhile, back in Malaysia…
we bring you a list of organizations that look into preventing food wastage.
MYSaveFood Programme by MARDI
The Save Food Malaysia (MYSaveFood) programme was introduced last year in a bid to reduce food loss and food waste in the country. To date, a total of 350 institutions and organizations have joined the SaveFood campaign since its inception to promote food loss and food waste reduction in Malaysia. These include;
PERTIWI SOUP KITCHEN
The PERTIWI Soup Kitchen project was established to provide regular meals at various locations around Kuala Lumpur on a regular basis. For further information please call Munirah Hamid at +6012 236 3639 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or view their work on Facebook page PERTIWI Soup Kitchen.
THE LOST FOOD PROJECT
The Lost Food Project is a pioneering food bank in Malaysia that rescues quality, nutritious surplus food, that would otherwise end up in redistributes it to those who need it most. As Malaysia’s leading food bank, The Lost Food Project is able to rescue hundreds of thousands of tonnes of surplus food each year and give it to various charity partners and Malaysia’s urban poor families, who use this food to provide nutritious meals for vulnerable people.
For further information, head on to their website www.thelostfoodproject.org
Food Safety – Shared Responsibility from Production to Consumption
Food safety is everyone’s responsibility and therefore everyone’s business. Widespread collaboration and contributions of all actors in the food supply chain, as well as good governance and regulations, are essential to food safety.
- Ensure it’s safe – Governments must ensure safe and nutritious food for all
- Grow it safe – Agriculture and food producers need to adopt good practices
- Keep it safe – Business operators must make sure food is safe
- Eat it safe: All consumers have a right to safe, healthy and nutritious food
- Team up for safety – Food Safety is a shared responsibility
And it begins with clean hands…
Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way when preparing or serving food;
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them
Don’t know how to wash your hands properly? Check out how Pikataro does his.
Here’s to food safety for all.