Panel Discussion on World Food Safety Day – ‘Food safety, everyone’s business’

Panel Discussion on World Food Safety Day – ‘Food safety, everyone’s business’

World Food Safety Day adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2018, will be observed once again on 7th June 2020.   The objective 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.

To mark the day, Consumer VOICE is organising a webinar along with CII with the top industry experts on 7th June, 2020. The panel discussion will focus on “Food safety, everyone’s business” with emphasis on Good Hygiene and Good Manufacturing Industry Practices for Food Safety  and Prevention of COVID 19.

Date: 7th June
Time: 3PM to 5PM

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Expected Outcome

As the theme suggests, food safety is everyone’s business, the panel will talk about collaborative prevention measures for COVID 19 and access to safe and nutritious food, which is a key to sustain life and promote good health.

The Pledge

A pledge to promote food safety awareness will also be taken.

Today, on World Food Safety Day, I solemnly pledge to promote Food Safety Awareness and Ensure that the Food I Consume is Safe by Preventing, Detecting, and Managing Foodborne Risks.

Panelists and Proposed Program

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About the Organisers

Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan is a National Awareness Campaign to Strengthen Food Safety in the country through Consumer Awareness Trainings, Leveraging Print and Electronic Media Support, Street Plays, Street Food Training programs, Workshops, Round Tables and Safe Food Walkathons in your city and many more. Their mission is  to strengthen countrywide awareness and capacity building on safe and hygienic food for all.

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Consumer VOICE is a Voluntary Action Group of Academicians, Professionals and Volunteers who work relentlessly to raise awareness amongst Indian consumers about their own Consumer Rights and the governing Consumer Laws. Established in 1983, Consumer VOICE has championed consumer education in the country ever since. Over the years, VOICE has been representing consumers and protecting their interests with policy-makers, the judiciary and statutory regulatory bodies.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India’s development process.CII works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes. Founded in 1895 and celebrating 125 years in 2020, India’s premier business association has more than 9100 members.

Webinar on Tea for Good Health – Hosted by Consumer VOICE

Chai, cha, tea, call it by whatever name, a cup of good tea is all you need to cheer you up in the morning.  The ritual of drinking tea in India transcends all boundaries and it comes with different varieties. For example, some like it with milk, some black, some without sugar, some have now moved on to green tea and herbal tea as well. Whatever be the case, the health benefits of drinking tea are immense.  Having ginger tea when you have a cold is an age-old home remedy in India. With herbal tea and green tea coming in the market other health benefits have also emerged.

To reinstate the benefits of tea and the health benefits and wellness it brings due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and weight loss effects, Consumer VOICE along with Tea Board, Tea Research Association, TOCKLAI, and FAITTA (Federation of the All India Tea Traders Association) is organizing a webinar on International Tea Day on 21st May 2020 from 11 am. 

What is International Tea Day

International Tea Day is observed on 21st May by the UN to re-emphasize ‘the call from the Intergovernmental Group on Tea to direct greater efforts towards expanding demand, particularly in tea-producing countries, where per capita consumption is relatively low, and supporting efforts to address the declining per capita consumption in traditional importing countries.’

How to Register for the Webinar

All you need to do is to click on the link  (https://www.airmeet.com/e/d8cf3980-99ae-11ea-87de-3d5375f93f1f) and register using any of your social media accounts or email.

What Can You Expect from the Webinar

Studies have shown that tea helps in weight loss, lowering cholesterol levels.  Some research has shown a reduced risk of heart disease in people who drink green or black tea regularly. “Tea consumption, especially green tea, may not be the magic bullet, but it can be incorporated in an overall healthy diet with whole grains, fish, fruits and vegetables, and less red and processed meat,” says Qi Sun, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.

You will have the pleasure of hearing from prominent speakers in this field like Shri Prabhat K Bezboruah, Chairman, Tea Board, Shri  Arun Kumar Ray, Deputy Chairman, Tea Board, Dr. A K Barooah, Director, Tea Research Association, TOCKLAI, Kavita Devgan, Nutritionist and Columnist, and Ashim Sanyal, COO, Consumer VOICE.

About the Organisers

 
The present Tea Board set up under section 4 of the Tea Act 1953 was constituted on 1st April 1954. It has succeeded the Central Tea Board and the Indian Tea Licensing Committee which functioned respectively under the Central Tea Board Act, 1949, and the Indian Tea Control Act, 1938 which were repealed. The activities of the two previous bodies had been confined largely to the regulation of tea cultivation and export of tea as required by the International Tea Agreement then in force, and the promotion of tea consumption.

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Consumer VOICE is a Voluntary Action Group of Academicians, Professionals and Volunteers who work relentlessly to raise awareness amongst Indian consumers about their own Consumer Rights and the governing Consumer Laws. Established in 1983, Consumer VOICE has championed consumer education in the country ever since. Over the years, VOICE has been representing consumers and protecting their interests with policy-makers, the judiciary and statutory regulatory bodies.

The beginning of a new era of tea research in India was marked by the establishment of the Scientific Department of Indian Tea Association (ITA) in the year 1900. This was consolidated with the creation of the Tocklai Experimental Station in 1911. The formation of the Tea Research Association (TRA) in 1964 with Tocklai at the center of all activities further expanded the horizon of tea research to cover the entire Northeast India.

FAITTA (Federation of the All India Tea Traders Association) is a Non-government company, incorporated on 01 Aug 2014.Federation of the All India Tea Traders Association is majorly in the Business Services business for the last 6 years and currently, company operations are active. The company is registered in Kolkata (West Bengal).

Road Safety Network submitted recommendations to mitigate road crashes and deaths during lockdown

Road Safety Network submitted recommendations to mitigate road crashes and deaths during lockdown

So far, during the lockdown a total of 1,137 crashes are recoded nationwide and 274 road crash deaths are reported. Consumer VOICE along with its partners have been maintaining a ‘Road Crash Tracker’ to document road crash deaths and traffic violations during the lockdown since March 25 until now. Road crashes killed 1,51,417 people in 2018.If on one hand the graph of COVID-19 cases is rising in India, on the other hand the number of road accidents especially of migrant labourers who are trying to return home during the ongoing lockdown is also steadily increasing.  As per reports, India recorded about 600 road crashes in the first two phases of the lockdown. The scenes of migrant labourers trying to reach home by adopting desperate measures is too hard to even watch on TV channels or read in newspapers. The “pathetic condition of migrant labourers…is nothing but a human tragedy”, as has been rightly put by the Madras High Court where lakhs of migrant labourers have resorted to desperate measures and are forced to return home after having rendered jobless and homeless.

While the central and respective state governments are trying their best to help migrants return home safely, there are several risk factors which need immediate attention. Risk factors like speeding, driving while fatigued, not wearing helmets continue to be responsible for the fatalities across the states. Speeding on empty roads has been one of the most common reasons for road crash deaths across States. Pedestrians in both urban areas, as well as State and National Highways, remain at tremendous risk from speeding vehicles. There is an urgent need to effectively enforce speed limits. Media reports indicate that driver fatigue combined with speeding has been responsible for the recent crashes.

In order to combat this, Road Safety Network, a National Coalition of organizations promoting safe roads in India has submitted a list of 15 recommendations to the Home Ministry to ensure the safety of migrants traveling on road. The recommendations are aimed at mitigating specific risk factors like speeding, driving while fatigued, overcrowding etc. Some of the recommendations are specifically towards the safety of migrant workers returning home” said, Ashim Sanyal, COO, Consumer VOICE organisation part of Road Safety Network.

These deaths were probably not even part of the framework as it was not anticipated. But it is now time to act!

(Facts sourced from various national dailies)

Virtual Session on Myths and Facts on Meat and Poultry Food Products in the Context of Covid-19

Virtual Session on Myths and Facts on Meat and Poultry Food Products in the Context of Covid-19

This is not new. These days there is no shortage of fake news. Whenever, there has been a health crisis, some section of the society start spreading confusing information on meat and poultry products.  Many people are therefore afraid of eating meat and meat products because of such misinformation and myths floating round.  To dispel off myths and to assert scientifically proven facts,  CII  and FACE in association with Consumer VOICE is organizing a virtual session on Myths and Facts on Meat and Poultry Food Products in the Context of Covid-19 on May 19th, 2020.

Date: 19th May (Tuesday)
Time: 3-5 pm

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Myths associated with meat and poultry products

Some of the common myths that need to be busted:

Myth#1

Coronavirus spreads through meat and poultry products

Myth#2

Chicken is not healthy and could be infected with virus

Myth#3

It doesn’t matter how you cook the meat

Myth#4

Meat industry is responsible for the spread of the virus

If you want facts checked and get these myths and doubts cleared for once and for all, then do join this Virtual Session on Myths and Facts on Meat and Poultry Food Products in the Context of Covid-19.

Agenda:

Best Practices on COVID 19 Prevention while Ensuring Smooth Operations: Presentation on Poultry Products.

Best Practices on COVID 19 Prevention while Ensuring Smooth Operations: Presentation on Meat Products

What can you expect from the program:

  • How the Meat and Poultry industry is operating in the COVID scenario to ensure safe products which will not have any adverse health impact, are being processed for consumers while also protecting the health of their employees.
  • There is a general scare that meat and poultry products must be avoided during this COVID 19 situation. These myths and facts will be discussed with simple scientifically proved inputs.

Panelists

  • Mr Arabind Das, Chairman, CII National Committee on Agriculture Allied Sectors
  • Mr Ashim Sanyal, COO, Consumer VOICE
  • Mr S Dave, Chairman, Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan
  • Dr B M Naveena, Principal Scientist, ICAR
  • Dr Rubeena Shaheen, Director Science and Standards, FSSAI

About the Organisers

The CII Jubilant Bhartia Food and Agriculture Centre of Excellence (CII-FACE) is charged with the mission to improve the competitiveness of India’s agriculture & food processing sector, by catalyzing innovation, building capacity and enhancing productivity across the agriculture and food value chain, ensuring food security and inclusive growth. FACE works closely with farmers, companies, developmental institutions, and the government. Comprising of an extensive team of domain experts across verticals FACE has evolved a robust services portfolio and has establish itself as a credible knowledge resource in the agriculture and food domain.

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Consumer VOICE is a Voluntary Action Group of Academicians, Professionals and Volunteers who work relentlessly to raise awareness amongst Indian consumers about their own Consumer Rights and the governing Consumer Laws. Established in 1983, Consumer VOICE has championed consumer education in the country ever since. Over the years, VOICE has been representing consumers and protecting their interests with policy-makers, the judiciary and statutory regulatory bodies.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India’s development process.CII works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the development of India, partnering industry, Government, and civil society, through advisory and consultative processes. Founded in 1895 and celebrating 125 years in 2020, India’s premier business association has more than 9100 members.
31st National Road Safety Week – Bringing Change Through Youth Power

31st National Road Safety Week – Bringing Change Through Youth Power

31st National Road Safety Week – Bringing Change Through Youth Power

Road Safety Week is organized every year to increase awareness among the citizens of India. In India every year more than 1.5 lakh people die in road accidents and more than 5 lakh are severely injured. This year the 31st National Road Safety Week was observed across India from 11th Jan – 17th Jan 2020 with Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Defence Minister of India inaugurating the ceremony at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 13th January. The theme for this year was ‘Bringing change through youth power’. The 5 major risk factors of road safety that were addressed during the week were – Over speeding, helmet, seatbelt, drunk-driving and usage of mobile phones while driving.Consumer VOICE, which has been a pioneer of road safety, observed Road Safety Week along with state partners for Safer Roads in India and highlighted the importance of New Motor Vehicles Act 2019. As per the Ministry’s latest statement in Lok Sabha the number of deaths caused due to road accidents in India reduced by at least 9% in first two months after the amended MV Act came into effect on September 2019. The amendment Act will help to reduce the road fatalities and injuries with the stringent penalties / other provisions and enforce safe driving on Indian roads.

Lucknow, UP

 

In Lucknow, Consumer VOICE organized an expert session-cum-sensitization workshop activity with participation from consumer organizations, road safety experts, road accident victims, among others. Consumer Coordination Council (an apex body of Consumer Organizations across India) supported the National Road Safety Week . In this event heads of consumer organizations from around 23 states / UTs participated. The event was to echo the voices of road safety and implementation of MVA 2019 across the country.

Addressing the event Ms. Rinki Sharma-Head Projects, Consumer VOICE said, “The amendment Act will help to reduce the road fatalities and injuries and change the road habits of citizens who are breaking the rules”. Besides representatives of consumer organizations, lawyers, road safety experts including road traffic victims were also present in the workshop.

Team members of Consumer VOICE, Delhi Shri Hemanth Upadhyay and Ms.Rinki Sharma along with Shri Abhishek Srivastava – Chairman of Consumer’s Guild, Lucknow submitted a memorandum on road safety to Transport Commissioner, Uttar Pradesh, Shri Dheeraj Prasad Sahu and Shri Ganga Phal, Additional Transport Commissioner, Uttar Pradesh. The main objective of submitting the memorandum is to strengthen road safety  and implementation of Motor Vehicles Amendment Act, 2019 in the state of Uttar Pradesh and requested the state government to notify the amended rules and implement it on priority without any dilution of the provisions.

Guwahati, Assam

The Assam state government organised a road safety awareness program on 11th Jan 2020 to sensitize all stakeholders on safer road mobility. Activists from Consumer Legal Protection Forum (CLPF), Assam state partner for Consumer VOICE, actively participated in the workshop to learn and further share their experiences. Consumer Legal Protection Forum appreciated the efforts of the Assam government for the implementation of New Motor Vehicles Act, 2019.

Consumer VOICE along with its state partners also shared a press note appreciating the government for their efforts towards implementation of Motor Vehicles Act 2019.

Media Coverage on Road Safety Week