Gujarat has been getting top position in this food safety index for the last four years.
In food safety index, Gujarat has been the leader in the country for the last four years. The fifth World Food Security Day will be celebrated on June 7. On this day, Gujarat realizes the mantra of ‘Swachh Anna Swashth Jan’. Kankariya, Ahmedabad Country’s first FSSAI Approved “Clean Street Food Hub”: Presently 8 Clean Street Food Hubs in the State.
Gujarat has been leading in the food safety index in the country for the last four years. The Kankariya Food Market of Ahmedabad has made Gujarat proud across the country. Safe and nutritious food is essential for a healthy body, to focus on the health effects of contaminated food and water in today’s adulterated era.
Further, the United Nations decided to observe 7th June as World Food Security Day and 7th June, 2019 was the first World Food Day. Security Day was celebrated. This year, the fifth World Food Safety Day is being celebrated under the theme ‘Food Standards Save Lives’.
The team led by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and Health Minister Rishikesh Patel is realizing the mantra of Gujarat ‘Swachch Anna Swasht Jan’. The Food and Drug Regulatory Authority of the State Government looks after the cleanliness of the food units.
Also, the people working in them and taking strict action against the sellers of adulterated food by sampling the food, when necessary. Also taking public health measures like educating citizens about the risk of food poisoning and empowering them to prevent it.
The norms for State Food Safety Index have been fixed by the Central Government. States are selected based on their overall performance in food safety. These norms focus on food sampling, testing, laboratory infrastructure, compliance, training, licensing and registration and quality of food in the state. Gujarat has been getting top position in this food safety index for the last four years.
The State Food and Drug Regulatory Authority in coordination with the Food and Drug Laboratory, Vadodara has developed a primary test kit to check adulteration in milk, oil, spices, salt, sweets etc. By which 21 types of adulteration can be tested on the spot. Impressed by this innovative experiment of the state government, FSSAI has created more than 100 testable magic boxes.
Lastly, about 20,000 samples of food are taken periodically from various places in the state by the Food Safety Officer of the Food and Drug Administration and sent to the state laboratory for testing. FoSTaC training is also organized by the district offices to organize meetings from time to time to keep the various traders in the state informed about food laws and their changes.