Food Hygiene & Safety
An estimated 1 out of every 10 people in the world—that’s over 600 million people, fall ill after eating contaminated food. An estimated 420,000 people die every year due to unsafe food. The World Health Organization has stated that “access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health.”
Regal Institute is a multidisciplinary nonprofit organization fostering innovative and collaborative programs focused on improving the conditions of food safety and availability in different localities and communities. We recognize how important it is for all social units, from thriving communities to growing families, to have a reliable and available supply of clean and nutritious food.
Not isolated from our other programs, our efforts in improving food security and safety are also further supplemented by supporting micro-enterprises, driving sustainable development, and nourishing overall community and grassroots-based growth.
Nowadays, it is not difficult to lose one’s sight of nutritional goals and proper diet plans, thanks to the multitude of unhealthy choices from fast food chains to sugary snacks. A well-maintained nutritional balance is key to minimizing levels of stress and any risk of complications or sickness. How does one effectively achieve this? The answer is by education, and the empowerment of the individual with the knowledge of what is good to eat and what isn’t. Information, education and communication (IEC) campaigns grant the individual their much-needed capacity to figure out on their own what decisions are best for them and those dependent on them. This ideally leads to an increased, albeit checked consumption of micronutrient-rich foods, fruits, vegetables, sources of fiber and complex carbohydrates such as oatmeal and whole-grain foods. A healthy diet doesn’t have to be a burdensome financial commitment—even small changes such as eating three kinds of vegetables a day can go a long way in improving quality of life.
Food poisoning, especially in vulnerable communities and low-income socioeconomic groups, is becoming more and more of a threat to the health and wellness of citizens and consumers at large. Being thrifty and frugal often entails the dangerous behavior of making bad diet choices such as not checking the labels or the state of the foodstuff itself. This mustn’t be. Again, proper education goes a long way in ensuring that consumers make well-informed decisions concerning their dietary choices—not only making sure that they’re getting a well-balanced diet, but also that what they’re eating is good and safe.