Promoting food and water safety in the school system in Croatia: WHO workshop in Zagreb, 13-14 October 2010

The Biennial Collaborative Agreement (BCA) between Croatia and WHO/Europe for 2010-11 identifies food and water safety in the school system as a priority.

The workshop aims to decrease the incidence of food- and waterborne diseases among school children in Croatia by increasing awareness and providing information to participants about the public health importance of food and water safety and hygiene in the school system. It will also serve as an input for improving hygiene and food safety habits among school children.

The workshop, organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, contributes to the implementation of the European Action Plan for Food and Nutrition Policy 2007-2012 (Action area 1, “Supporting a healthy start”), and of the Parma Declaration, in which governments committed to act on health risks to children posed by poor environmental and living conditions, especially the lack of water and sanitation, and to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases through adequate policies in food safety and nutrition.