International Firefighters Day

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2024 Date4 May 2024
2025 Date4 May 2025

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World Food Safety Day is a global observance aimed at raising awareness and promoting the importance of safe food practices. This event highlights the significance of everyone's responsibility in ensuring that the food we consume is not only nutritious but also free from contaminants, chemicals, and pathogens that could cause harm to our health. By advocating for proper food handling, preparation, and storage, World Food Safety Day emphasises the need for collaboration among individuals, governments, and organisations, as well as the imperative to invest in educational and preventive measures to minimise foodborne illnesses and, in turn, promote a sustainable food system.

In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared that World Food Safety Day would be celebrated annually. For Australians, this day holds particular relevance as the nation's food industry is a significant contributor to the economy, with ongoing efforts undertaken to ensure the quality and safety of both locally produced and imported products. The observance also serves as a reminder for Australians to remain vigilant and adopt safe food practices in their homes, as foodborne illnesses pose a considerable threat to public health with an estimated 4.1 million cases occurring each year in the country.

World Food Safety Day celebrations in Australia typically entail diverse activities and events organised by various stakeholders, including government agencies, the food industry, and educational institutions. These events often focus on informing the public on food safety topics, training sessions for food handlers and businesses, as well as promoting the significance of research and innovation in enhancing food safety standards. By participating in these activities and spreading awareness, Australians can contribute to fostering a culture of food safety and ensure a healthier future for all. World Environment Day is observed on June 7th of every year.

International Firefighters Day facts

  • The "Danger Zone" for food is between 40°F (4°C) and 140°F (60°C), as this range allows bacteria to grow rapidly. It is important to keep perishable foods below 40°F (4°C) or above 140°F (60°C) to prevent bacterial growth.
  • According to the World Health Organization, about 600 million people around the world fall ill after eating contaminated food each year.
  • Unsafe food is responsible for more than 200 diseases because of the harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemical substances it can contain.
  • It is estimated that around 4.1 million Australians suffer from foodborne illness each year.
  • The most common foodborne illnesses in Australia include infections caused by Campylobacter, Salmonella, Listeria, and pathogenic strains of Escherichia coli.

Top things to do in Australia for International Firefighters Day

  • Watch the 2021 World Food Safety Day video.
  • Learn more about food safety.
  • Watch a documentary to learn more about food safety and the food industry in Australia. Here are our top picks:
    1. Food Safari (2006) - This popular TV series explores various cuisines and food cultures in Australia. It showcases the diverse food landscape of Australia and provide insight into food handling processes.
    2. Our Food, Our Future (2012) - This TEDx talk by Julie Broadfoot explores the crucial connection between our food, environment, and sustainability, addressing some of the major challenges faced by the global food industry.
  • Celebrate World Food Safety Day by following proper food safety guidelines and preparing an Australian dish. Here are our recommendations:
    1. Pavlova- This meringue-based dessert topped with whipped cream and fresh fruits is a perfect dish to showcase safe food handling.
    2. Anzac biscuits- Make these traditional Australian cookies made from rolled oats, flour, sugar, butter, and golden syrup.
    3. Prawn cocktail- Serve this popular Australian appetizer with fresh prawns and homemade cocktail sauce.

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