program highlights


St Clare had the opportunity to have Food safety Awareness programme on Monday, 27th May 2024 conducted by Food safety wing Mokokchung Zone belonging to food safety and standard authority of India. The resource persons for the presentations were Ms Sauvik Das and Mr Vinod Patel of FSSAI empanelled Agency, Merenlenla Ao Designated Officer of Food Safety and Sukumlo Yangthan, Food Safety Officer of Mokokchung Zone. In their address to the students they said that access to enough safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances can cause more than 200 different diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers. Food safety awareness plays a crucial role in safeguarding public health and preventing foodborne illnesses. It involves educating individuals and communities about the proper handling, preparation, and storage of food to avoid contamination and the spread of harmful bacteria and pathogens. By raising awareness about food safety, people become more conscious of potential risks associated with consuming unsafe food.

Basic food safety practices, such as washing hands before handling food, cooking meat thoroughly, avoiding cross-contamination between raw and cooked foods, and refrigerating perishables promptly, are essential to prevent foodborne diseases. Additionally, being aware of expiration dates and inspecting the quality of food products before consumption can further reduce health risks.

Food safety awareness extends beyond individual responsibility to encompass the food industry, where regular inspections, adherence to hygiene standards, and proper labeling contribute to consumer protection. Public health campaigns, educational programs, and information dissemination through various channels, including media and online resources, play a vital role in promoting food safety awareness among the general public.

Report by Fr Stephen Dsouza, Capuchin

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