Provisions of safe food should become a part of our ingrained culture: J P Nadda
He further added that ‘safe an, wholesome and hygienic food will create a ‘Swasth Bharat’. And this has to be cornerstone of the efforts of FSSAI.’
Speaking at the function organised by FSSAI to commemorate 10 years of the enactment of Food Safety and Standard Act (FSSAI Act), here recently, J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, stated that “Food safety is a very important health and economic issue.
It has high employment potential, can boost exports of agro-products out of the country, and also provide better returns to farmers for their produce.
Provisions of safe food should become a part of ingrained culture in our country.”
He further added that the FSSAI Act is a paradigm shift from regulatory regime under the provisions of Food Adulteration Act to self-regulatory and facilitatory regime.
“Now, basic ground work is done. We are ready for big leap forward,” Nadda said.
C K Mishra, Health Secretary, Government of India was the Special Guest on this occasion.
Nadda appreciated the unrelenting efforts of FSSAI towards food safety in India. In his address, he emphasized upon ‘two-way communication’ between the food businesses and the regulator.
He advised that the Authority should be fully aware of the need and concerns of small food businesses as well in its work of standard formulation and compliance.
He further added that during the last 10 years, considerable ground has been covered in terms of achieving the goals of laying down scientific standards and regulating the manufacturing, storage, distribution, sale and import of food items for the people of India. FSSAI stands for trust and compliance and the synergy between the industry and the authority will ensure that this trust is well placed.”
On this occasion, the Union Health Minister also released the special commemorative volume – a compilation of the history and over fifty invited articles from the scientists, experts, industry people and consumer organizations.
C K Mishra, Union Health Secretary also addressed the audience with inspiring messages on the need for collaborative efforts towards setting up of food standards and its implementation strategies.