Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Bharati Pravin Pawar reviewed the activities of the food regulator FSSAI.
She stressed the need to create awareness among the next generation about food choices. Visiting the office of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI), Pawar flagged off Food Safety Awareness Vehicles.
The minister also unveiled a book on the History of Food and another cookbook on curate recipes that use minimal salt, according to an official statement.
On the same occasion, the 'National Low Salt Cooking Challenge Report' was also released. The technical capabilities of the mobile testing vans called the 'Food Safety on Wheels' were also inspected.
She was appraised of specific instances of adulteration that have been de-panelised from imprisonment to fines and strengthening of provisions to punish instances of wilful adulteration using harmful substances.These vans are equipped with the latest equipment to detect adulteration in submitted food items. Emphasizing that the citizen are a stakeholder for food safety along with the government and industry, Pawar said that balanced nutrition is an integral part of health.
The minister applauded the action taken by the organization along with the industry partners to take the country forward in food safety. Pawar received the functions of FSSAI with regards to provisions of the recent Food Safety Act.
She was appraised of specific instances of adulteration that have been de-panelized from imprisonment to fines and strengthening of provisions to punish instances of wilful adulteration using harmful substances.
A statement said that the view that regulations should benefit the wide section of consumers along with India's vibrant food manufacturing sector was espoused.
Other senior officials of FSSAI, Rita Teaotia, Arun Singhal, Mandeep Bhandari were present at the program.