Food safety

Guide on safe food for travellers

Last reviewed/updated
8 June 2010

From 2008 Beijing Olympics to 2010 FIFA World Cup

Volunteer promoting the guide at Beijing Airport
F. Fontannaz, WHO
Beijing Olympics
A guide on safe food for travellers specially prepared for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup

WHO has supported the important initiatives taken by the Department of Health of South Africa to ensure the prevention of foodborne diseases at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. With the adoption of the Five Keys to Safer Food as a tool to both train the food handlers and educate the consumers, including the travellers, South Africa can be taken as a example for other countries hosting major sporting events.

Guide on Safe Food for Travellers

The advice given in this guide is important for every traveller, and of particular importance for high-risk groups i.e. infants and young children, pregnant women, elderly and immunocompromised individuals, including those with HIV/AIDS.

The WHO Five Keys to Safer Food were specifically adapted to travellers and WHO is looking for partners to disseminate this message. Following the example of the Five Keys poster, now translated into over 50 languages, WHO strongly encourages the translation, reproduction and dissemination of these recommendations. Although the information provided in the guide can be adapted to local settings when necessary, the core information should remain the same.

Any suggested changes will need to be endorsed by the World Health Organization. WHO would welcome further collaboration to promote food safety messages in international events, especially from national health authorities and departments for tourism.

For more information about the WHO requirements to reproduce or translate the guide and for potential collaborations or any additional information, please contact directly Françoise Fontannaz at For regional food safety contacts please go to our contact us page.

Adaptations of the guide at the national level

  • Brazil
    pdf, 775kb

    December 2009: Brazil (ANVISA) adopted the guide to be distributed in all Brazilian airports

WHO Related Links


2008: The guide is adopted for distribution at Beijing Olympics