Food safety was discussed at the information session hosted and organised by the City’s environmental health department on Wednesday 21 August in Athlone. The theme of the session was “Food safety is everybody’s business”. Mayco member for community safety, Zahid Badroodien said in a statement that the purpose of the session was to reach out to food handlers, various childhood development centres, local supermarkets, take away spots and informal vendors. The attendees were treated to a presentation and video on the five keys to food safety, as set out by the World Health Organisation, a specialised agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. The five keys to food safety are: keep clean; separate raw and cooked; cook thoroughly; keep food at safe temperatures and use safe water and raw materials.There was also an exhibition display to help amplify the message around food safety and hygiene. “The proper handling, preparation and storage of food are essential to help reduce the spread of illnesses. “City health has been championing food safety as one of its many health priorities and I am happy that they secured such a good turnout at the event,” Badroodien said. He added that when they say food safety is everyone’s business, they mean it. He also explained that food safety is not limited to food handlers. According to him, food consumers need to ensure that they are familiar with food safety standards for their own safety and well-being.