Yesterday was World Food Safety Day. Now in its second year, the day draws attention to the importance of food standards and inspires action to prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development.

Under the theme “Food safety, everyone’s business”, this year’s campaign will promote global food safety awareness and call upon countries and decision makers, the private sector, civil society, UN organisations and the general public to take action to strengthen commitment to scale up food safety.

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance, ESSNA, welcomes the commemoration of World Food Safety Day. Europe has world class food legislation that ensure consumers can feel confident about products that they buy and consume. Our strict code of conduct ensures that all our members put food safety and consumer safety first.

ESSNA routinely tackles cases of non-compliant sports nutrition products, such as those that mislead consumers or include banned doping substances, since its conception as a trade association and the voice of the active nutrition in Europe, as part of its efforts to ensure consumer safety and protect the integrity of the industry. ESSNA values the importance of food safety across the value chain and consumer safety and education. We work with policy makers, the media and the public to promote global food safety awareness.

Adam Carey, Chair of ESSNA, said: “World Food Safety Day is important for the sports nutrition industry: not only are unsafe products misleading and potentially dangerous to consumers, they also affect the integrity and reputation of our industry. We must continue to work with our friends at World Food Safety Day to eliminate our industry of these types of charlatans from our industry and ensure we are collectively operating in the most responsible manner possible.”

The global COVID-19 pandemic has forced World Safety Day to reorganise many planned events. Click this link to view a short guide to organising virtual events, to help the community bring the celebrations online.