Plan to train 10K more food vendors on hygiene, FSSAI

FOOD SAFETY AND STANDARDS AUTHORITY OF INDIA (FSSAI) is planning to launch an initiative to enforce dietary guidelines, involving reduction of trans-fatty acids (TFAs), salt and sugar in commercially available foods in Telangana, a senior official said, recently. “We are inviting the groups and associations of oil and fats manufacturers for understanding the challenges in implementation of this mission,” Dr. K. Shankar, Director, Office of the Commissioner of Food Safety said.

He was speaking at a Media Dialogue on Hypertension Management and Elimination of Trans Fatty Acids in Telangana organised by Delhi-based not-forprofit organisation Consumer Voice. Dr. Shankar said, more than 2,000 street food vendors have been trained in Telangana and they are planning to train another 10,000 food vendors, food business operators about the ‘Eat Right Movement’, about trans-fatty acids, on the hygiene issue and about FSSAI regulation related to street food vending.

He said strict implementation of regulations of FSSAI can sharply reduce heart diseases caused by TFAs in foods. Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department Ms. A Santhi Kumari said a three-pronged approach, comprising early screening through outreach followed by dispensation of secondary and tertiary medical care, adopted by the state government has proved effective in managing hypertension.

Emphasizing the need to adopt a focused and coordinated approach in addressing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), several speakers said there is an urgent need to step up efforts to effectively tackle serious health problems caused by hypertension.