A co-ordination meeting of Food Safety & Standard Act Cell at DAC

Namchi, 27th January(IPR): A co-ordination meeting of the Food Safety and Standard Act Cell under Health and Family Welfare was held at DAC, today. The meeting was chaired by DC (South) Shri. M. Bharani Kumar alongside SDM(Namchi) Shri Rohan Agawane, Director (FDA) Dr. Tekendra Rai, CMO(South) Dr. D.C. Sharma, official from line department and members of Bazar Committee.

DC (South) Shri. M. Bharani Kumar spoke about the importance of eating healthy and nutritious food. He spoke about the scheme ‘Eat Right India Movement (ERIM)’ which ensures safe, healthy and sustainable food for all Indians. He further highlighted in detail about ‘Eat Right Challenge Campaign’ which is an integral part of this scheme and involves activities to be conducted by different line departments so that they can ensure that healthy food can be given to the people of the district. With regards, to this challenge the DC allocated regulated responsibilities to departments so that the ERIM scheme can be successful in the district. He stated that all private and public stakeholders should come together and collectively aid in the implementation of this scheme. He also informed that the launching of the scheme in the district will be held in the first week of February wherein ‘Food Safety wheel’ will be provided for food samples to be tested.

Director (FDA) Dr. Tekendra Rai mentioned that the scheme of ERIM is an initiative taken up by the (FSSAI) and is based on three key themes- ‘Safe Food’, ‘Healthy Diet’, and ‘Sustainable Diets’. He pointed out that the vision of the scheme is to provide safe and wholesome food to everyone, everywhere which can be achieved through a judicious mix of regulatory, capacity building, collaborative and empowerment tools. He further spoke about the features and objectives absorbed under these schemes where the campaign will be categorized under various sectors.

FSO (South) Dr. Shilpa Sunwar( Mukhia) further elaborated on the various methods of implementing the activity matrix under the scheme. She highlighted the Registration, Licensing, Surveillance and Enforcement Drive and said that under the activity Matrix various activities and performance will be implemented, as such all hotels and restaurants will have to register and shall have a license under the provisions of the FSS Act. She also said that special camps for consumer awareness including food testing will be organized in a timely manner. Food Safety Training will also be provided to more than 500 Participants. Hygiene Rating, Eat Right Toolkit, Eat Right Environment, Eat Right Campus, Promoting Eat Right In public Places, Playing Videos in Cinema Hall , Digital Media Outreach will be included in the scheme so as to reach a maximum number of participants.

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