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Ram Vilas Paswan launches ‘Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan’

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Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas on Tuesday launched a countrywide campaign ‘Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan’, to create mass awareness and capacity building for safe and hygienic food.

Launching the campaign, Paswan said that the ‘Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan’ initiative is extremely important and very relevant for all stateholders, especially consumers.

“Food safety is an inseparable part of food security and no nation can guarantee food security if food in not completely safe. Food borne diseases which have severe health and economic consequences, both developed and developing countries can be prevented by food safety practices only,” Paswan said

Paswan said that the initiative complements the widely popular multi-media campaign of his Ministry under the brand name of ‘Jago Grahak Jago’ which empowers the consumers of its rights and demands.

The campaign planned by CII and its partners including Consumer Organization VOICE, and National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), is an effort towards building a culture of food safety in the country.

Under the campaign, nationwide sensitisation sessions on cleaning, hygiene and sanitation for safe food, walkathons and media dissemination programmes for consumers, street food industries will be organized across the country.

On the occasion, the Minister also launched a website and a logo of the campaign along with signing a pledge for adopting safe food practices. (ANI)