DC West chairs a meeting on FSSAI

Gyalshing, August 5(IPR): The District Level Advisory Committee on Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) meeting was held on 5.8.22 at DAC Rabdentse, chaired by District Collector YD Yongda and attended by the committee members of line departments such as Health, Police, Education, Agriculture, Horticulture, Gyalshing Nagar Panchayat etc. with as officials of the FSSAI Cell state Health Deptt, led by the Joint Commissioner of Food Safety.
A presentation was made on various activities of the Food Safety and Standards Act of India, 2006 by Dr.Shilpa Mukhia, FSO. Dr.Gopal Chettri, Food Safety Officer laid stress on Eat Right School, Eat Right Campus and Food fortification. Further Mr. Niraj Thapa Joint Food Safety Commissioner apprised the meeting of the ways and means of acquiring licensing and registration for operating various shops, canteens and meat shops in the urban and semi-urban areas as per The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI).
After the open discussion the DC in her address said that first and foremost, IEC on FSSAI was what was required with rigorous campaigns at markets, towns, GPU level and most importantly in schools. She opined that people especially young children and youth must be sensitized through documentaries (Facebook reels/ TikTok videos) etc and Nukkad Nataks during bazaar haat, since in the first place people are not the least aware of what FSSAI implies. The DC further suggested that NGOs, CBOs and SHGs must be taken on board as ambassadors to deliver such messages to grassroots level. CMO, Gyalshing also made some suggestions for involving the Village Health & Nutrition Committees since they too had a similar mandate.
CEO Education apprised the house that teachers especially those teaching in primary classes should be trained to create awareness amongst children to avoid the consumption of sugary juices and plastic-packed snacks. The DC further said that the FSSAI must inform the Central authorities formally in writing regarding the bifurcation of districts in order to enable online updation and also for running the MIS systematically.
The meeting ended with a vote of thanks proposed by the FSO.