Assam: Industry heads stress public health and food safety at 'Walkathon'

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Guwahati: Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), the oldest apex chamber of the country, held a walkathon here on March 31 to address public health and food safety concerns.

Paul Barua, Secretary of Assam's Food Public Distribution & Consumer Affairs Department, in his inaugural address, stressed the pivotal role of public health efforts and policy changes in driving large-scale dietary and lifestyle transformations. Advocating for physical exercise and balanced nutrition, he emphasized the significance of individual responsibility toward personal well-being.

Following suit, Tridib Konwar, Addl. Additional District Commissioner of Kamrup Metro echoed the sentiment that "health is wealth," urging attendees to embrace healthy habits for a fulfilling life. These sentiments were further reinforced by Anupam Gogoi from the Department of Health and Family Welfare, who highlighted the scientific discipline of food safety and the imperative of preventing foodborne illnesses through proper handling and preparation practices.

Jesto George, Deputy Director at the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) branch office, in Guwahati, provided insights into 'The Eat Right Movement,' a nationwide initiative to combat negative nutritional trends and promote public health. George also emphasized the collaborative efforts of various stakeholders in amplifying this movement.

Reiterating the company's commitment to health and well-being, Chandra Bhushan Chakraborty, Senior Vice President of Amway India, emphasized Amway's support for government initiatives towards a healthier India and its provision of need-based health recommendations through flagship brands like Nutrilite.

Tarali Sarmah of Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd highlighted the company's unwavering commitment to food safety standards. She underscored rigorous quality control measures and strict hygiene practices implemented across all operations to ensure compliance with regulatory guidelines.

The Walkathon aimed to raise awareness about food safety and drug safety issues while fostering collaboration between government agencies, civil society, and corporate entities. The event, supported by prominent entities such as the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Amway India, Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd, and Repose Foods, garnered significant participation from over 300 enthusiastic individuals, including government officials and regional council members.

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