The safe food imperative

Although food security has been a problem for many years in especially developing countries, it’s achievement requires the understanding and consideration of food safety at all levels. This is because, food that is unsafe is not suitable for human consumption. This means that, even if the food is in surplus, unless we can assure that it is safe, there will still be food security issues. This is just how important food security is.

Food safety is the responsibility of all the stakeholders in the food value chains.

Figure 2. Stakeholders along the food chain: Key determinants of food quality and safety

What is done or not done by various persons may directly influence food safety. It is therefore very important that all stakeholders know their roles, and what is expected of them.

Unsafe foods are detrimental to health and the economy since the sick people can never be productive. Besides, more resources will be directed towards treatment or the disease management.

To achieve food safety, a combined effort by all stakeholders is imperative. The consumer must always receive safe food products.