"Safer food, better health" - this is the motto of the fourth World Food Safety Day on 7 June 2022. Fittingly, the World Food Safety Almanac of the Germany Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) goes online. The online BfR World Almanac provides an overview of the administrative structures of various countries in food and feed safety. One of the particular challenges is that the choice of food has become more complex in recent years. "The safety of our food and feed along complex global supply chains must remain guaranteed," says BfR President Professor Dr Dr Andreas Hensel. "The BfR World Almanac makes an important contribution to this by making international cooperation much easier."
The Almanac also aims to support the harmonisation of existing methods and avoid duplication of effort. After all, food and feed safety can only be ensured through an international approach that involves close cooperation between countries and organisations.
Currently, 37 countries are represented with their profile in the World Food Safety Almanac. The online project is to be expanded to include more countries from different continents. Thanks to the online format, each country has access to its own country profile and is responsible for constantly updating it.
The BfR online almanac can be found at https://worldfoodsafetyalmanac.bfr.berlin/.
The United Nations launched the World Food Safety Day in 2018 to raise awareness of the importance of safe food. Every year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), one in ten people worldwide falls ill with foodborne illnesses, which in the worst cases are fatal - affecting all countries.
More information about "World Food Safety Day" can be found here: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-food-safety-day/2022.
About the BfR
The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is a scientifically independent institution within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in Germany. The BfR advises the Federal Government and the States ('Laender') on questions of food, chemical and product safety. The BfR conducts its own research on topics that are closely linked to its assessment tasks.
This text version is a translation of the original German text which is the only legally binding version.