Inauguration Week for Food Safety – 2018

Inauguration Week for Food Safety - 2018
San José, Costa Rica
November 5, 2018
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

Unhealthy foods are related to the death of about 2 million people a year, affects people of all ages, particularly children under five years and those who live in the less developed regions of the world, cause more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhea to cancer, becoming one of the greatest health hazards worldwide, this situation also generates high costs for medical care and loss of productivity.

Reason why; Costa Rica at the global level, is leading the "Proclamation of June 7 as the World Day for Food Safety", before the United Nations World Assembly that is currently being held in New York; This Proclamation will help countries to become aware of the current problems and the importance of taking collective measures to avoid contamination of food and promote multilateral efforts aimed at improving public health and promoting fair practices in the food trade.

By the shown; In order to involve and strengthen the participation of producers, industry and other key actors, in the adoption of good practices of production, preparation and collection of food, our country celebrates for the second time from November 5 to 9, 2018, the National Week of Food Safety, with the slogan: "Safe food for consumers around the world, anytime, anywhere".

Therefore, the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC) decides to hold the inauguration of the food safety week on November 5. For this occasion, and as part of the cooperation agreement between both entities, the Risk Analysis and Biotechnology Committee of ILSI Mesoamerica will support the inauguration activity with the participation of the exhibitor Fernando Sampedro, who will give a lecture on the risk analysis.