GUWAHATI, Sept 15 � The State is getting ready for the implementation of the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 which is going to replace the existing Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954.
As a step towards sensitising the food inspectors about the new Act, a two day-training programme was organized by the Commissioner of Food Safety, Assam which concluded on Wednesday.
It needs to be mentioned here that the existing Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954 has been found insufficient to deal with the menace of food adulteration and therefore the new Act was passed by the Government in an attempt to address the full range of concerns related to food safety.
An official of the Joint Director of Health Services, Kamrup said that the new Act is expected to be more proactive in ensuring food safety. �The food authorities are invested with the responsibility not only to enforce law but to establish a strategy to strengthen the safe food delivery system through systematic education and capacity building,� said the official adding that trainings for food inspectors will be conducted in a phased manner. The next training will be held on September 21 and 22.
The first phase of the training was inaugurated by Dr M Das, Joint Director of Health Services, Kamrup, and it was attended by 16 food inspectors. The training was conducted by JP Dora, public analyst to the Government of Assam, T Chongloi, senior food inspector, Samiran Baruah, food inspector and B Brahma, food inspector.
Certificates to the participants were presented by M Hagjer Barman, Commissioner of Food Safety and Secretary to the Government of Assam.