Why an updated global food safety strategy?

Safe food is a primary determinant of human health. It is a basic human right to have access to safe and healthy food. In seeking to guarantee this right, governments must ensure that available food meets safety standards.

This task is not easy as the world is now more interconnected, and food systems are changing faster than ever. Foods are produced, managed, delivered and even consumed in ways that could not have been anticipated two decades ago.

These factors call for a fresh global approach to improve food safety that aims to strengthen national food safety systems while improving international and national collaboration.

While recognizing that food safety is a shared responsibility among multiple stakeholders, countries must show leadership in adopting and implementing food safety policies which ensure that each stakeholder knows–and correctly plays –their part.

However, access to sufficient, safe, and wholesome food for all remains an elusive goal. Economic disparities within and across countries, including marked differences in the strength of national food safety systems and complex dynamics that operate within food systems, have significantly slowed progress towards achieving this goal.

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