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City to conduct food safety awareness programme
THE Ebenezer Crèche in Parkgate will undergo a much needed revamp next month, which will entail the facility receiving a new paint coat and planting of a food garden by eThekwini Municipality’s Environmental Health Services.

The facelift of the crèche, which houses about 60 children is part World Environmental Health Day outreach programme which is commemorated annually on 26 September. An educational campaign on food safety and hygiene will also be presented to the young learners, teachers and parents. The City’s Environmental Health Manager Santosh Maharaj, said: “We conducted our quarterly inspection and identified this crèche as they were severely in need of resources. Their income is quite minimal and they require support.” This year’s World Environmental Health Day focuses on global food safety and sustainability and aims to support the provision of more safe food, making use of water and nutrient resources, and for communities to increasingly value sustainable food production.

According to research, new threats to food safety are emerging with the World Health Organisation stating that children under five years carry 40 percent of foodborne disease burden, with 125,000 deaths every year. In addition, about 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted on an annual basis. Maharaj added that raising awareness among residents and other stakeholders will assist in decreasing food waste and will also help to ensure food is stored and treated correctly. Leona Naidoo, Environmental Health Practitioner said: “Food may become contaminated at any stage from production to consumption. Foodborne diseases are a growing public health problem throughout the world and causes a considerable burden of disability and mortality.”
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