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Kerala To Rank Districts Based on Food Safety

The state is planning to implement a ranking system for districts regarding food safety. According to health minister Veena George, this ranking will become part of the performance audit being planned at the district level for the Food Safety Department. She said this while addressing a high-level meeting of the department.

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 20, (BPNS)

The state is planning to implement a ranking system for districts regarding food safety. According to health minister Veena George, this ranking will become part of the performance audit being planned at the district level for the Food Safety Department. She said this while addressing a high-level meeting of the department.

“Corruption is more serious than adulteration. Corruption of any kind will not be tolerated in the department. The food safety officials are liable to take action as per law. But at the same time, it shouldn’t be wrong,” said Veena.

The minister reminded the officials that stringent action will be taken against those who commit corruption.

“Of the many departments, the one that people look at with more expectation is the food safety department. Nowadays the number of people who prefer to dine out is increasing steadily. Thus, no compromise in food safety can’t be afforded. The scenario also calls for strict enforcement,” added the minister.

The minister also informed the meeting that efforts are on to bring all religious institutions in the state under the ambit of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s Blissful Hygienic Offering to God (BHOG) certification.

This initiative will encourage places of worship to adopt and maintain food safety and hygiene. This initiative aims to encourage places of worship to ensure the health and welfare of the pilgrims by educating food handlers and vendors on the premises about proper food safety and hygiene. Under this initiative, the food handlers involved in the preparation of prasad and vendors selling prasad are educated about appropriate food handling practices which are essential to ensure the health and welfare of the pilgrims. Later these establishments are audited and basic training is imparted to the food handlers.

According to FSSAI, following the principle of Eat Safe, Eat Healthily and Eat Sustainably, BHOG aims to ensure that safe and wholesome prasad is received by the devotees along with the blessings of the deity.

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