Blood Centre and friends mark World Health Day

A varied diet of pure and natural food is the foundation of good health and feeling well, and our donors have always been a great testament to this adage. The Blood Centre calls on all people who are willing and in good health for a visit 7 April to mark this festive occasion.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has dedicated the day to food safety and on this occasion our good partners in cooperation will treat all donors to healthy snacks.

About World Health Day

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According to the WHO, each year two million deaths around the world are linked to contaminated food. Food contaminated by dangerous bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemicals causes more than 200 diseases from stomach viruses to cancer. Changes in the food processing industry and the environment, the conditions for distributing and consuming food and other factors may threaten the quality and purity of the food supply and the more extensive travel and trade increases the spread of viruses.

As the food we eat is becoming more international, there is an increasing need to strengthen domestic and international food safety systems. Food safety is a shared responsibility: it is important to devote attention to the entire food processing chain, from farms and producers to merchants and consumers.

Five keys to safer food:

  • Key 1: Keep clean
  • Key 2: Separate raw and cooked food
  • Key 3: Cook food thoroughly
  • Key 4: Keep food at safe temperatures
  • Key 5: Use safe water and raw materials

For more information: WHO website