BRAHM MOHINDRA ANNOUNCES RS. FIVE CRORE FOR MODERNISATION OF FOOD SAFETY DEPARTMENT

Punjab intensifies drive against food adulteration, zero tolerance against adulteration of food articles: Health Minister

NIK BUREAU

CHANDIGARH:

The Punjab Government on Thursday announced to provide Rs.five crore for the modernization of the Food Safety Department and initiated the first ever mobile testing lab facility to check the adulterated food products across the state.

Disclosing this here on the occasion of capability building programme organised by the Health Department, Health and Family Welfare Minister  Brahm Mohindra said that by ensuring the supply of nutritious and unadulterated food products, many deadly diseases like Cancer, Hepatitis, Gastric disorders can be curbed.

And to provide relevant and practical insights into food safety standards, management system, modern techniques and related legal provisions under Food Safety Standards and Regulations Act 2006 & 2011, Punjab has decided to organise capability building programme-cum-special training for the Assistant Food Commissioners, Food Safety Officers and designated officers of the Health Department.

He alleged that the previous government had never imparted any such training to the officers of Food Safety Department.

He alleged that the previous government had never imparted any such training to the officers of Food Safety Department.

Mr. Mohindra disclosed that the state government is all set to recruit  20 Food Safety Officers. He asserted that the drive against adulteration had already been intensified in Punjab and there would be zero tolerance against adulteration of food articles.

Anjali Bhawara, Principal Secretary, Health instructed the officers to ensure sensitization of public through information, education and communication activities and registering their complaints against adulteration online on the Department’s portal.

Varun Roojam, Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration said that the Department should not confine its activities to raiding food shops only.  Instead, they should concentrate on bringing positive results by acting against miscreants who are playing with lives of people. It is the duty of officers to ensure sampling of eatables consumed such as milk and dairy products and so on, he added.

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