Srinagar, Nov 5: Authorities on Friday issued registration certificates to 84 street vendors during the Eat Right campaign here.
A team of Food Safety Kashmir organized a Registration Mela and an awareness camp in Srinagar under the scheme of ongoing nation-wide campaign “Eat Right. During today’s drive, Food Business Operators (FBO) , particularly street food vendors were sensitized about adoption of safe food practices.
Srinagar district has been selected by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for ‘Eat Right’ campaign.
The FSSAI has selected just 150 districts across the country for this movement.
The ‘Eat Right Srinagar’ movement initiated by FSSAI under the aegis of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is aimed at creating awareness amongst the people about safe, healthy and sustainable dietary habits.
Assistant Commissioner Food Safety Hilal Ahmad Mir said that under Eat Right Challenge which is a flagship programme of FSSAI to create a safe food environment in the country, Registration Mela and Awareness Camp was held at Soura and Industrial Estate Baghi Ali Mardan Khan.
“During the Registration Mela the FBOs, particularly street food vendors in and around Soura were sensitized regarding adoption of safe food practices,” he said.
He confirmed that 84 registration certificates were issued to these FBOs on spot.
He said that street food vendors were further directed to take maximum benefit out of Prime Ministers SVANidhi Scheme.
“An awareness camp was also held in Industrial Estate Baghi Ali Mardan Khan which was attended by the spice manufacturers, bakers and confectionery manufacturers. These manufactures were directed to conduct hygiene rating of their premises and to undergo advanced Food Safety training and certification through empanelled partners of food FSSAI within shortest possible time,” Mir said.
Eight districts including district Srinagar has been nominated under Eat Right Challenge in J&K. Under this challenge various enforcement, surveillance and awareness drives are to be conducted by the department to ensure safe and wholesome food to consumers.
Commissioner Food and Drugs (Adm) Shakeel-ur-Rehman said that activities that are being covered under the campaign include registration and licensing drives, lifting of samples for testing, inspections, training for Food Business Operators, and special camps for consumer awareness in Srinagar.