World Food Safety Day !
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, which sponsors World Food Safety Day, has designated “Food Standards Save Lives” as the theme for 2023.
Sugaright follows the FDA Food Code and SQF certification guidelines, to ensure a safe and trustworthy supply of sugar to our customers.
How do food standards save lives?
Food Standards Develop Trust
You have probably washed your hands, cleaned your kitchenware, and cooked your food to the right temperature, all good food safety practices. You have probably read food packaging labels to see what ingredients the product contains or how to cook it. And perhaps without realizing it, you have trusted everyone involved in growing, processing, packaging, distributing, and preparing your food in the right way so that you can enjoy it without falling ill. Your food was safe, and your trust was justified because the people involved in making your food - whether close to your home or on the other side of the world - followed established food safety practices, which are transparently available in the form of standards. In other words, food standards form the bedrock of trust for all of us.
Food Standards Provide Guidance
FDA, SQF, and Codex Alimentarius all contribute to providing guidance on hygienic food handling for farmers and processors. They define the maximum levels of additives, contaminants, residues of pesticides, and veterinary drugs that can safely be consumed by all. Furthermore, standards specify how the food should be measured, packaged, and transported to keep it safe. Thanks to the application of standards on things like nutrition and allergen labeling, consumers can know whether the food will be good for them.
Food Standards are Adopted and Enforced by Governments and Organizations
The standards are based on scientific risk assessments, covering hazards that are biological, chemical, and physical in nature. The standards can be developed by individual governments or organizations, or by regional or intergovernmental standard-setting bodies. One such international food safety and quality standard-setting body is the Codex Alimentarius Commission, or Codex for short. Codex is the place where representatives of 188 Member Countries and 1 Member Organization (the European Union) work together to make sure food is safe.
Therefore, following food standards levels the playing field among those who participate in food manufacturing, and it keeps consumers safe.
Join us at Sugaright as we celebrate World Food Safety Day on June 7th!
Link: World Food Safety Day Homepage