Each year millions of people become ill and thousands die from a preventable foodborne disease. Proper food preparation can prevent many foodborne diseases. As part of its global strategy to decrease the burden of foodborne diseases, WHO identified the need to communicate a simple global health message, rooted in scientific evidence, to educate all types of food handlers, including ordinary consumers. The Five Keys to Safer Food message is a global health message which explains the basic principles thateach individual should know all over the world to ensure safe food handling practices and prevent foodborne diseases. The Five Keys to Safer Food, and associated training materials, were developed to provide countries with materials that are easy to use, reproduce and adapt to different target audiences.
Translated into 82 languages, mainly on initiative from countries, the Five Keys to Safer Food message serve as the basis for health promotion campaigns and educational programmes in over 100 countries and are used to train food handlers in restaurants, canteens, street and market places, small processing businesses, hospitals, health care centres, schools, home. Recognized as an international reference source, the Five Keys to Safer Food message is also extensively used in emergency situations to prevent and control diseases outbreaks (e.g. cholera).
The five keys to safer food
– Keep clean
– Separate raw and cooked
– Cook thoroughly
– Keep food at safe temperatures
– Use safe water and raw materials