Why Improving Food Safety Is Important In Rhode Island

Access to adequate safe food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. Foodborne illnesses are usually contagious or toxic and often invisible to the naked eye, caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemicals that enter the body through contaminated food or water.

Food security in Rhode Island plays a critical role in ensuring that food remains safe at every stage of the food chain – from production to harvest, processing, storage, distribution, preparation, and consumption.

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With approximately 600 million cases of foodborne illness per year, unsafe food poses a threat to human health and the economy and disproportionately affects vulnerable and marginalized people, especially women and children, conflict-affected populations, and migrants.

Food safety is everyone's concern

Under the motto “Food safety, business for all”, this action-oriented campaign promotes global awareness of food safety and calls on states and decision-makers, the private sector, civil society, UN organizations, and the public to act.

The way food is produced, stored, handled, and consumed affects the safety of our food. Adhere to global food standards, establish effective regulatory systems for food control, including emergency preparedness and response, provide access to clean water, implement good agricultural practices, strengthen the use of food safety management systems by businesses.

Food safety is a shared responsibility between governments, producers, and consumers. Everyone from the farm to the table has a role to play in ensuring that the food we eat is safe and does not harm our health.