Dimapur, April 1: Under the initiative of Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) ‘Eat Right India’ movement was launched in 2018 to improve public health and fight negative nutritional trends to fight lifestyle diseases.
Food Safety Dimapur observed this campaign in St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, Chumukedima on the theme ‘Eat Right School’ and in ICFAI campus, Sovima on the theme ‘Eat Right Campus’ by conducting food safety and healthy food awareness programmes on March 31.
FSSAI’s responsibility is to ensure viability of safe and wholesome food for the people in India; therefore, this large-scale effort to transform the country’s food system with the three main key initiatives; to ensure safe, healthy and sustainable food for all Indians through this movement was launched.
The resource person, Pelekhrienuo Kire Kense, Dietician, CIHSR highlighted the importance of nutrients in our diet, emphasizing on having a balanced diet in our daily meals by ensuring all the main nutrients are consumed in right portions.
She urged the participants to opt for whole grain foods and avoid sweets and oily food. She also highlighted that consuming fast food on a regular basis causes many non-communicable diseases such diabetes, high blood pressure and cancers.
Samuel, Designated Food Safety Officer, Dimapur stated that food safety is the responsibility of all. One must be mindful what he consume inside his body. He informed that when buying a product, one must always check the package for FSSAI registration number, the nutritional values, ingredients, manufacturing and best before dates, address of manufacture, and for foreign products, also check for the importer’s address.
He also urged participants not to eat street food wrapped in old newspaper or textbooks as the inks used in printings are harmful. He further urged them to inform the Food Safety Cell Dimapur for any issues related to food products in the market.
Dr. Mereninla Senlem, CMO Dimapur and also highlighted the activities implemented under FSSAI Dimapur. She stated that Food Safety in Dimapur functions under two main components viz the analytical wing and the implementation wing.
She also reiterated the importance of eating a balance diet urged the participants to reduce intake of fast food and sweets.
Staff under State Public Health Laboratory demonstrated various ways to check food adulterations in common food items sold in the market.
Dr. Mereninla Senlem has expressed her gratitude towards the Dr. V.T. Vasagan, Registrar (Officiating), ICFAI Sovima and Fr. Antony, Principal, St. Joseph HSS Chumukedima for hosting the Department to conduct such an important programme.
(Page News Service)