The Asian Institute of Food Safety Management (AIFSM) supported by the Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) conducted a seminar on “Food Safety for Food Handlers” recently. The seminar focussed on various aspects of food safety that includes food poisoning, food borne diseases, micro organisms in foods and prevention of food contamination.
The seminar was inaugurated by N M Sherafudeen, KCCI director and convener for the sub committee on Tourism and Health Services. During the seminar he explained that enhancing knowledge on food hygiene is important.
Attendants at the seminar included AIFSM principal C P S Menon, Synergy Systems and Food Quality Laboratory and Research Centre deputy chief executive O Raghunath and Synergy Systems managing director B Jacob. All the personalities spoke about the various aspects of the industry at the event.
Concern over food safety
With cases of contamination on the rise, the seminar will go a long way in spreading the awareness about the hazards of unsafe food handling in India. According to renowned food technologist and chairman of Diversified Food Technologies (India), Mysore, Dr V H Potty, “The brand new food safety regulations, ushered in after 5 years of ‘incubation’ does not seem to have done even a wee bit to rein in food adulteration, thereby exposing the citizens to the dangers posed by the flourishing food frauds in the industry. Neither the infrastructure nor the determination to tackle this menace is evident in any part of the country and merry-go-around of the food adulterators is continuing with impunity. Added to this, the ill-drafted Food Safety Act is being challenged by some money hungry food industry groups in the judicial courts, rendering many provisions inoperative, at least for the time being.”
Therefore, while the overall food safety scenario may be slightly grim, initiatives like the one taken by KCCI and AIFSM is a positive step in the right direction.