I've known Bill Marler for nearly 20 years. He and I rarely see eye to eye on things because his practice focuses on litigating foodborne illness cases against some of the companies that I have had the privilege of representing over the course of my career. But Bill's post, "Some thoughts on June 7 - World Food Safety Day," made me realize that he and I have more in common than I originally thought. Setting aside issues of fault, we all can agree that preventing the consumption of unsafe food and the human suffering it can cause, is a tragedy that often can be prevented. We also can all agree that we still have much to do. I hope everyone had a safe June 7, and I pray that the stories Bill describes in this post never have to be told again.
World Food Safety Day on 7 June aims to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) jointly facilitate the observance of World Food Safety Day, in collaboration with Member States and other relevant organizations. This international day is an opportunity to strengthen efforts to ensure that the food we eat is safe, mainstream food safety in the public agenda and reduce the burden of foodborne diseases globally.