Kohima, June 07 (NEx): The 3rd World Food Safety Day was observed on June 7th, 2021 at State Public Health Laboratory, CMO Office which was organized by Food Safety Nagaland, Department of Health & Family Welfare under the theme “Safe Food Now For A Healthy Tomorrow”.
The Principal Secretary/ Food Safety Commissioner to the Govt. of Nagaland, Amardeep Singh Bhatia, IAS in his keynote address mentioned that 7th of June was designated as World Safety Day on 2018 with the objective to mainstream the food safety awareness to the general public with special concerns on the impact of disease passed on by food. He said it is important to ensure food safety chain for people, animals, plants and economy so that in future we are all protected.
Bhatia also shared his concerns that Naga Society is gradually shifting in food habits and lifestyle which is posing a threat. Therefore, he said that it is very important to take action and regulatory authorities should take up responsibilities for creating awareness on consumption of food.
He added that it is also necessary to ensure that food producers like restaurant, food chain suppliers, food stalls should know about the importance of food hygiene and the authorities should not only enforce but encourage hygiene etiquette to producers.
Later, he encouraged all the officials to work jointly with all the available resources and to ensure safe food, healthy lifestyle and consumption habits for a healthy tomorrow.
The program also hosted demonstration-cum-interactive discussion on Food Safety Issues relating to our State which was led by Ms. Khrukutolu Veswuh, Food Analyst (SPHL) and her team. The session demonstrated how to identify fresh/stale egg, identify contaminated water and identify food coloring in eatable produce.
The Food Analyst team requested the gathering to spread awareness on food safety to prevent food borne diseases by advocating food hygiene.
Deputy Director, Dr. John Kemp, in his welcome address, acknowledged the Department for allowing to host the observation program. He mentioned that it is humbling, motivating and encouraging to witness all officials from Secretariat, Directorate and District to come together which signifies concerns on the importance of food safety.
Asst. Food Safety Commissioner, DHFW, Sendongkaba Jamir, delivered the vote of thanks and shared his gratitude to all officials for making the program a successful and fruitful event.