Initiatives to ensure safe food – Blogs and Columns – Daily Notable
The provision of safe food is a global concern and all the states in world are working in this regard to address this issue. Pakistan like other countries leaving no stone unturned to ensure the quality food for general Public.
Safe food has always been one of the most prioritized issue of Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan and he has mentioned it in almost his every address.
In view of Prime Minister’s instructions, the relative stake holders are working aggressively in this regard especially the regulatory authorities in the most Populus province of Pakistan; Punjab. Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar and more prominently the Chairman Punjab Food Authority Umer Tanveer Butt, Director General of Punjab Food Authority, Rafaqat Ali (PAS) are trying in their best capacity to carry out his vision.
Even in the contemporary situation of pandemic, Director General of Punjab Food Authority Irfan Nawaz memon along with his core team have ensured the provision of safe food through raids and different initiatives.
Punjab Food Authority has taken several historical initiatives recently to ensure the provision of safe food for public which are trend in itself.
Free Milk Testing, Mobile milk testing labs and now body worn cameras. Punjab Food Authority recently has launched the project of body cameras project.
According to which food safety officers who work in field will wear body cameras. The purpose behind this initiative is to ensure the authentic and more strengthened surveillance system.
This initiative will prove to be a big step towards the assurance of safe food for public also the eradication of adulteration mafia. Another good aspect of this action is that it will help in maintaining record and proofs.
For governments, there has always been the need for enforceable standards that are convincing, which our contemporary government trying their best to do so but consumers and industry must take equal part in it. For consumers, food control systems must provide meaningful protection against real and important hazards.
We must understand that government actions are not enough to cater this problem alone, we as nation and as responsible citizens must play our part, bring change in ourselves whether as producers, manufacturers, distributors we should act ethically and provide safe and healthy food to general public.
In fact, even as consumers we should be vigilant bring, buy and eat food after checking it properly don’t feed unsafe food to yourselves and to your families.
We as consumers need to be cautious in such matters only then the changes will be done at manufacturing end. One basic aim behind spreading word regarding initiatives taken by concerned stake holders is to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development. Food safety is a shared responsibility between governments, producers and consumers.
Everybody has a role to play from farm to table to ensure the food we consume is safe and will is good for our health. Worldwide the concerned departments i.e. WHO, FOA, UN pursues its efforts to mainstream food safety in the public agenda and reduce the burden of foodborne diseases globally.
Safe food consumption is one of the basic needs for healthy life and in contemporary situation of pandemic outbreak it has become even more important. Because the virus threat might have reduced but has not ended completely. We must prioritize the consumption of safe food over anything for healthy life. As once quoted
“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need”
To avoid bad health, doctors and hospitals all you have to do is to keep your dietary habits in good shape. Satisfying your pallet is one thing but just satisfying your taste pallet and ignoring all other factors can put you and your system in severe danger. Be vigilant and choose food wisely.
Also, there is an immense need of support and positive attitude of public towards regulatory officials. Government officials are working tirelessly for prosperity of people and our beloved country we as responsible civilians must support their initiatives and actions and must play our due part. -PUNA