Mangan, June 22 (IPR): 1st District Level Advisory Committee (DLAC) Meeting for Mangan district was held at the chamber of District Collector Mangan at Pentok today.
Organized by the Food Safety & Standards Cell, Health and Family Welfare Department, the meeting was chaired by DC Mangan, Dr. A B Karki, who is also the chairman of DLAC, in the presence of SP Mangan, CMO Mangan, and representatives from line departments.
DC Mangan, in his address said that food safety and standards are everyone’s concern.
He asked the Food Safety and Standards Cell to organise camps for stakeholders, shopkeepers, hotel owners and the public in the district to create awareness. He also asked to take initiatives to provide SOPs and guidelines at GPU and Municipality levels. And assured the responsibilities of district administration towards the food safety and standards.
SP Mangan, Dr. Tshering Gyatso, discussed the different aspects of inspection, hygiene, safety, license, and their parameters on establishments like hotels, eateries, groceries and butcher shops. As the Mangan is the district with the highest tourist footfall, he said that food safety and standards should be maintained.
At the outset, Food Safety Officer, Shri Kenzong Dorjee Lepcha welcomed all at the meeting aimed at ensuring food and safety standards in the district through the DLAC. He then gave a brief on the Food Safety and Standard Acts, 2006 and various initiatives of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
Earlier addressing the importance of food fortification, Food Safety Officer, Miss Pratima Ghimiray said that the practice of adding essential micronutrients (vitamins and nutrients) to commonly consumed foods is proven, safe and cost-efficient for improving diets and for prevention and control of micronutrients deficiencies.
She also presented a brief note on, “Eat Right School” FSSAI initiatives to transform India’s food safety and nutrition landscape by ensuring the availability and consumption of safe food and a healthy diet.
The meeting also witnessed open discussion, where officers from line departments gave their respective views and highlighted the affairs that needed intervention.
The meeting concluded with a discussion on the future prospects for the district to create awareness and joint inspections for food safety and standards.