Popularization of food safety on campus: educating children, radiating families, and changing society
By Tian Ding and Ricardo Antonio Wu Chen
Food safety is closely related to human health and life safety, reaching to every child and every family. In order to enhance food safety awareness in children and to ensure food safety in school, ever since following the great success of the 2020 World Food Safety Day, Professor Shen Lirong’s team from the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, Zhejiang University, has carried out the “Food Safety Popularization on Campus” in 10 schools around Hangzhou, China. More than 40 colorful and exciting activities have been carried out through basic science lectures, micro-class competitions, webcasts, theatrical performances, etc. Moreover, a totally-free APP for food safety learning has been developed. This initiative allows food safety knowledge to be widely disseminated, resulting in educating children, radiating families, and changing social. As the 2021 World Food Safety Day is approaching, teachers and students at Hangzhou West Lake Primary School have taken action early. The children say that they are very happy to participate in any activity, acting as little angels spreading knowledge about food safety and transferring their knowledge to their parents, relatives, and friends.