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Saturday June 12th, 2021
The Department of Food Science at Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College for Women, in collaboration with MGNCRE, Ministry of Education, Government of India, celebrated World Food Safety Day virtually. The purpose of the celebration was to outline the food safety challenges faced
during COVID-19 pandemic and the role of nutrition during COVID illness, and also to motivate students to raise awareness about the same at community level. The celebration included online Oral Presentation Session, Poster Presentation Session and Video Message Session wherein over 150 students participated enthusiastically. The participants shared their views on a wide range of topics including impact of COVID on food supply chain, importance of nutrition during COVID illness, food safety in the era of pandemic, role of diet in post COVID recovery and food distribution system. Through their well researched presentations, the participants emphasised on food safety issues along the entire food chain from farm-to-table and also highlighted the need for strengthening collaboration and cooperation between all concerned Ministries and national stakeholders from public and private sectors involved in food safety.
Lauding this initiative, Principal Dr. Nisha Bhargava highlighted the importance of observance of this day as a way to raise awareness about food safety as the key to sustaining life and promoting good health. She expressed hope that this endeavour would inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage food borne risks, thereby contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity and agriculture.