The Ministry of Health on Tuesday held a World Health Day commemoration, themed Farm to plate, Make food Safe in attempt to send the message across on food Safety.
When making a remark Minister of Health Dorcas Makgatho said safe food is not only essential in maintaining the activity of normal life but also prevents and reduces the risk of chronic disease and that the world is challenged by the growing burden of non communicable conditions particularly obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer which account for 60% of deaths world-wide.
Makgatho said Botswana have not been spared from the increasing burden of food borne illness, in recent years the government as well as the industry have been changing its approach towards achieving better food safety by adopting more outcome based preventative approaches and philosophies.
She went on to say the ministry promulgated the food act Control Act of 1993 to regulate food trade by ensuring the provision of clean safe food and wholesome foods And they established the National Food Control Laboratory in 1995 to provide food analysis and safety surveillance measures.
The food safety dialogue comes after the World Health Organization found that unsafe food is linked to the deaths of an estimated 2 million people annually — including many children. Enditem