Mrs Phohleli was speaking during Lesotho’s maiden World Food Day celebration, which was held in Ha ’Mants’ebo on Friday last week. Mrs Phohleli said the contaminated food is normally consumed by the vulnerable sectors of society including the elderly, the poor and orphaned children. Through a longstanding partnership, she said the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) support global food safety and protect consumers’ health. FAO, she said, generally addressed food safety issues along the food chain during production, while WHO oversaw relationships with the public health sector.
In her remarks Dr Susan Tembo from WHO said the day gave a chance to every person to think about food safety, and for all nations to speak in one voice to promote awareness on the importance of safe food. She said celebrating world food safety day would give consumers, producers and governments a chance to focus on an issue often taken for granted, adding that food safety was invisible until one got ill. Some chemical contaminants, Dr Tembo said, could accumulate in a human’s body and remain invisible to show up at a later stage.