Mysore

Food safety and consumer awareness programme held

This is the first of its kind innovative venture by the post-graduate students to showcase their theoretical knowledge.
The Department of Studies in Food Science and Nutrition, University of Mysore, in association with Giggles of Livez (GOLZ) organized a food safety and consumer awareness programme recently. As food safety and consumer awareness is the need of the hour, 16 theme-based topics impacting day to day life of the consumer were displayed and awareness posters including nutritional labeling, hidden facts in chocolates and soft drinks, selection of food based on their nutritive attributes for example glycemic index, salts, fats and oils, weaning foods, selection of food grade plastics, alternatives to plastics in food handling and packaging and functional foods.

In addition to the displays, power point presentations on topics such as online registration of consumer complaints, guidelines on nutrition labeling, facts and myths on sugary drinks and chocolates, health hazards of plastic and imported food and online purchase of food were presented. Demonstrations of simple methods of detections of food adulterants at home levels and online complaint registration with FSSAI were held. The displays and presentations were judged for awards. This is the first of its kind innovative venture by the postgraduate students to showcase their theoretical knowledge to adopt practically in their day-to-day life of the general public.

The event attracted people from various walks of life including scientists and research scholars from CFTRI, employees of Women and Child Development Department, members of Inner Wheel Club of Mysore, faculty and students of the campus, members of Indian Dietetic Association and general public. Sheshagiri B G, Chief Analyst, Divisional Food Laboratory Mysuru, Government of Karnataka, inaugurated the event along with Prof Asna Urooj, Chairperson, Department of Studies in Food Science and Nutrition. Dr Sushma Appaiah, CEO, GOLZ, an alumni of the department, currently serving as invited faculty in the department, was also present. Sheshagiri emphasised the need of the consumer education and congratulated the students on their efforts. He explained the efforts of the state government in making it aware to the rural population. Prof Asna Urooj appreciated the students and staff of the department for their immense efforts in bringing the consumer education to the consumers.

A demonstration of simple methods of detections of food adulterants at home was held at the food safety and consumer awareness programme recently

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