World Food Safety Day Promotes Safer Food for Healthier Planet

This year marks the beginning of a yearly commemoration of the myriad benefits of safe food. As proclaimed during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, June 7 is now the World Food Safety Day. This is a result of the initiative of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) in 2015, followed by intensive negotiations within the CAC, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the World Health Organization.

All stakeholders such as the government, agriculture and food producers, business operators, and consumers are all invited to raise awareness about food safety and to highlight that everyone involved in food systems has a significant role to play.

In this line, the Agricultural Training Institute joins the National Codex Organization—the sole body representing the Philippines to the CAC—in the celebration of the first World Food Safety Day. Through training activities on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), agricultural extension workers and farmers learn various practices in reducing the risk of contamination during on-farm production and post-production processes. Likewise, GAP addresses environmental protection and management, food safety, workers’ health, safety, and welfare, as well as product quality.

Learn more about this event and help promote awareness to inspire actions for safer food towards a healthier planet. Visit and follow the hashtag #WORLDFOODSAFETYDAY.

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Extension services continue to evolve. With the challenges that extension workers and farmers face, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues to explore various strategies to improve its efforts as the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture. In over 30 years, the ATI has celebrated various successes and learned from the lessons during hard times. Nonetheless, we are proud to be standing the test of time through the support of our partners and the clientele themselves. This is the ATI Today, more committed to bring you extension services beyond boundaries.