Prevention of foodborne disease five keys to safer food
Prevention of Foodborne disease:Five keys to safer food
Each year millions of people become ill and thousands die from a preventablefoodborne disease. Proper food preparation can prevent many foodbornediseases. As part of its global strategy to decrease the burden of foodbornediseases, WHO identified the need to communicate a simple global healthmessage, rooted in scientific evidence, to educate all types of food handlers,including ordinary consumers. The Five Keys to Safer Food message is a globalhealth message which explains the basic principles thateach individual shouldknow all over the world to ensure safe food handling practices and preventfoodborne diseases. The Five Keys to Safer Food, and associated trainingmaterials, were developed to provide countries with materials that are easy touse, reproduce and adapt to different target audiences.Translated into 84 languages, mainly on initiative from countries, the Five Keys toSafer Food message serve as the basis for health promotion campaigns andeducational programmes in over 100 countries and are used to train foodhandlers in restaurants, canteens, street and market places, small processingbusinesses, hospitals, health care centres, schools, home. Recognized as aninternational reference source, the Five Keys to Safer Food message is alsoextensively used in emergency situations to prevent and control diseasesoutbreaks (e.g. cholera).