First ever World Food Safety Day observed

First ever World Food Safety Day observed

Dimapur, June 4: Minister for Health & Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom today said that the paramount requirement of the nation is the availability of safe food in sufficient amount and that the food one eats, must be wholesome, free from contamination or adulterations so that the consumption does not cause any ill effect on health.
Speaking at the first ever celebration of World Food Safety Day on the theme, “Food safety, everyone’s business” at Kohima, the Minister said due to technical skill applied in the practice of food adulteration, it is not easy to catch the offenders by the law enforcing and detecting agencies. So the Government of India passed a comprehensive integrated Food law called “The Food Safety and Standards Acts 2006”.
He said this is the first time the Government has taken the initiative to seek the cooperation of consumer organisation and through them the individual consumer.
Food manufacturers, transporters, whole sellers, distributors and retailer also have a great responsibility than those in other industries because any factor that is harmful for the health of the consumer is an insult to human, he stated.
The Minister also informed that the existing state Public Health Laboratory in Kohima is
now fully renovated and upgraded with sophisticated high-end equipment, and through government initiative Food Safety on Wheel was also launched for on the spot testing of any food item.
He said recently, the Food Safety of Wheel Team detected formalin in fish and other chemicals in fruits products, which is one of the milestones that we have achieved.
He said that this is the beginning but much more remains to be done, and each one of us be the consumer, government, food manufacturers or seller should need to realise the need for healthy working partnership, the need to recognise and respect each other’s right and responsibilities and what is expected of each one of us, if we are to accomplished the goal of assuring safe Food and reliable quality of Food.
He appealed all to come together and pledge to be responsible citizens and live a healthy life.
In his keynote address, Principal Secretary cum Commissioner, Food Safety Commissioner, Health & Family Welfare Department, Himato Zhimomi said that food safety is everybody’s business and it is very important, particularly for the young because they are the most vulnerable group in the society.
He also mentioned that food safety is not only about administration but about governments, producers, civil society, enforcement, sellers and buyers. It is estimated that because of food safety issues and other expenses that arise, about $95 billon of food productivity is wasted.
Himato deliberated on some parameters about food safety; how the department will govern the Food Safety and appealed to everyone from the producers to the sellers and buyers to come forward and join hands with the government to work together to make the state healthier and safer place.
He said everyone should join hands to ensure that everyone gets safe and nutritious food and also that none goes hungry in the state, and people should have zero tolerance on food waste in private and professional lives.
He acknowledged the Department for organizing this first ever World Food Safety Day.
Principal Director & Additional Food Safety Commissioner, H&FW Department stressed on three major health challenges faced by the world; the first challenge is the food borne diseases where illness is caused by food contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites or toxins. The second challenge is the non-communicable diseases and the third challenge is malnutrition. He mentioned that all these challenges can be prevented by securing food safety, good nutrition and healthy eating habits.
He further said that the main objective of Food Safety Standards Act 2006 is to ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption. Thus, the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India has tried hard to shift the enforcement and detection based opposed to a more self regularity paradigm which can be achieved through cooperation and partnership among all the stake holders.
He also said that the State Food Safety Team has worked relentlessly to bring about changes in Nagaland. (Page News Service)