JAMMU, Jan 3: One day workshop on food hygiene was conducted for the members of Halwai Association of Jammu (sweet shop owners) by a team of Food Safety under the supervision of Controller, Drug and Food Control Organization here today.
On the occasion, the food safety team led by Dr Parvesh Kumar, Assistant Commissioner Food Safety Jammu and assisted by Ajay Khajuria, Daleep Singh, Jai Inder and Hans Raj, Food officers asked the participants to maintain the norms of Food Safety and Standards Act.
Dr Parvesh Kumar asked them to wash hands before making any sweet item, keep watch over the raw material being supplied to them, prepare sweets apart from selling area, buy good quality khoya, sugar, milk, saffron, ghee, silver foil, keep good utensils properly stored and not to sell expired sweets. He requested them to use dustbin for waste materials, maintain personal hygiene and proper dress code.
The participants were taught ways to maintain food quality and also informed about how this will help boost their income by providing good quality food to the customers.
The members of the Association raised various issues including use of inferior material by some sweet shops, to which Dr Parvesh Kumar assured them that strict action will be taken against those indulging in use of inferior material and playing with the lives of the people. He asked them to make medical certificate of their workers as it is mandatory.
Dr Parvesh Kumar asked the participants to get their licences registered within two weeks and maintain norms as per Food Safety and Standards Act, otherwise action will be initiated against them.
He also informed that the organization will conduct surprise inspections of their business establishments in the time to come.
Assistant Commissioner stated that the Organization will continue to organize these kinds of workshops and seminars in the future to disseminate the information about the norms of Food Safety and Standards Act.