Medical examination for food processing staffers every six months: Commissioner Food Safety

Medical examination for food processing staffers every six months: Commissioner Food Safety
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SRINAGAR: Commissioner Food Safety, J&K, Abdul Kabir Dar on Friday stressed on Bakers Association and other FBOs to adhere to the provisions of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in the manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for consumption.

Dar was speaking to representatives of Bakers Association, civil society members and other food business operators (FBOs) here to apprise him of various issues concerning them, an official handout read.

Elaborating on the importance of multi-stakeholder dialogue, particularly on the issue of food safety, he appreciated the call of representatives of different sectors to share their perspectives with the administration.

The commissioner was appraised by Bakers Association about the major activities in the bakery industry like receiving and storing of raw material, manufacturing and packing of bakery products, their storage/warehousing and transportation, it read.

The members of the association were strictly advised to “maintain sanitary condition of the processing and manufacturing area as prescribed under FSS Act”, besides “not to use non-permitted colours, procure raw material from the licensed/registered food business operators only”.

“Employees involved in the processing should be medically examined after every six months, only food grade utensils and colour coded with proper lid dust bins should be used, besides installation of fly catchers should be ensured,” the commissioner told the association.

The Commissioner said that the Government aims to develop food businesses as a safe and vibrant industry with great potential for providing employment to the skilled and semiskilled youth.

On the occasion, Commissioner Food Safety listed the importance of Swasth Bharat Yatra (Eat right India) which has been flagged off on 16thOctober, 2018 and sought active participation of the bakers in it.

Other issues of public importance were also discussed during the interactive session.