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.
Best Practices for Consumers during COVID 19 on Health Protection and Food Safety FSSAI -CHIFSS – VOICE WEBINAR

Best Practices for Consumers during COVID 19 on Health Protection and Food Safety FSSAI -CHIFSS – VOICE WEBINAR

CHIFSS (CII HUL Initiative on Food Safety Sciences) in partnership with FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) and Consumer VOICE is organizing a webinar to make the end consumer aware of the best practices of food safety at every step, and sensitizing consumers about possible virus exposure.

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Date : 14/05/20
Time: 1100 -1330 hrs

COVID-19 has changed the world forever. It will keep an undesirable impression for the rest of our lives. Industries across all domains have been severely affected. Economy across the world over has been greatly impacted.  There are instances of food scarcity everywhere and in India food safety is also coming up as a major issue. Keeping food safe at this time has become a top priority for the all the stake holders. The food before reaching us goes through several processes including handling, storage, and cleaning.  In the current situation it requires great deal of precaution and sanitation. This webinar will therefore serve a twofold purpose:

  • Enhance the knowledge to prevent and combat the spread ofCOVID-19
  • Guide participants to obtain an understanding of Norms and Best Practices related to Personal Hygiene and Food Safety

Agenda of the Webinar

This program will help consumers to develop an understanding of COVID 19, sources of cross infection and best practices in conducting daily activities, Food handling and Safety measures during the pandemic.

  • Corona Virus, COVID 19 & Symptoms
  • Overview of Preventive Measures
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Social Distancing
  • Cleaning and Disinfection in Homes
  • Purchasing & Cleaning Purchased Items
  • What you need to know on Food Packaging
  • Recommended Norms when Sick
  • Snap shots of Precautions by FBOs to ensure Consumer Health and Food Safety
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • FSSAI Displays on COVID 19
  • Key References

Key Speakers

  • Dr Siva Kumar, Director, Regulatory Affairs, South Asia, Unilever
  • Dr Indrani Ghose, Strategic Advisor- Food Safety and Quality, CII
  • Mr AshimSanyal, COO, Consumer Voice
  • N. Bhaskar, Advisor (Standards) FSSAI
  • CII FACE Faculty

About the Organisers

FSSAI

 
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) was established under Food Safety and Standards , 2006 which consolidates various acts & orders that have hitherto handled food related issues in various Ministries and Departments. FSSAI has been created for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human 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 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.