Govt unveils food safety protocol
Kathmandu, June 6
Department of Food Technology and Quality Control has issued meals security protocol at this time to combat in opposition to COVID-19.
During a programme organised as a part of the National Food Safety Week, Matina Joshi Vaidya, director basic of DoFTQC, unveiled the protocol for meals industries and staff to be applied throughout meals manufacturing and distribution.
Although it’s stated that the coronavirus can’t be transferred through meals gadgets, World Health Organisation has acknowledged that the virus can stay lively on plastic, metal, paper and different packaging supplies.
Hence, the division has ready the protocol to be applied throughout meals manufacturing, storage, packaging, transportation and distribution. The protocol will even be applied at resorts and eating places.
As talked about within the protocol, industries, resorts and eating places need to make preparations for disinfectant and temperature measurement machines. The meals industries and distributor firms have to supply information and coaching to their staffers relating to COVID -19.
Gloves, masks and different protecting gears ought to be made obligatory for all staff and the industries have to make sure social distancing amongst staff.
The protocol has additionally talked about that firms engaged in processing, manufacturing and distribution of meals gadgets need to comply with 5 main guidelines of retaining working areas sanitised, utilizing clear water, and adopting security measures throughout meals processing, storage and distribution.
The protocol has additional talked about that resorts and bars ought to shut their salad bars, buffet and beverage service stations and bar entry for pets.
Factories, resorts and eating places need to ensure that staff on obligation are wholesome.
Meanwhile, the protocol has additionally talked about that factories shall conduct well being check-up of their staffers earlier than resuming operations. The division will take authorized motion in opposition to firms that don’t comply with the principles.
“Living with COVID -19 has now turn out to be a brand new norm and we’ve to deal with it.
Therefore, we’ve ready the protocol to be applied to make sure meals security within the nation,” stated Director General Vaidya, including, “Healthy meals behavior is crucial to combat in opposition to COVID -19, therefore the protocol is predicted to manage manufacturing and distribution of meals stuffs out there.
As the federal government is getting ready to raise the lockdown, we’ve to be extra cautious about meals security.”
Each yr, DoFTQC celebrates Food Safety Week from June 1 to June 6 by organising a number of consciousness elevating programmes, and it celebrates the National Food Safety Day on June 7.
A model of this text seems in e-paper on June 7, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.