CSIR-CFTRI, with a focus on guaranteeing complete food safety, demonstrated the detection of adulterants in edible oils, spice products, confections, dairy products, honey, and more. This was achieved through the utilization of analytical instruments commonly employed in food safety laboratories, including EA-IRMS, LC-MS/MS, GC, HPLC, GC-MS/MS, and ICP-AES.
CSIR-CFTRI is also home to the Food Safety and Protection department, which has a two-fold emphasis. One aspect is dedicated to food protection and infestation control, while the other focuses on food safety and analytical quality control laboratory.
CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysuru, a constituent laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, commemorated this year’s World Food Safety Day on June 7. The event, held on campus, aimed to educate and benefit students, aligning with the theme of the year, “Food Standards Save Lives.”
CSIR-CFTRI took the initiative to raise awareness about food safety, emphasizing the risks of food-borne diseases ranging from diarrhoea to cancers, as well as the potential fatality associated with consuming unsafe food.
It was the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO), which worked together to declare June 7 as the food safety day. This was in a bid to highlight that food safety is a critical global concern as unsafe food can lead to food-borne illnesses, which can have severe health consequences. Each year, World Food Safety Day focuses on a specific theme to address different aspects of food safety.
A demonstration on food hygiene and microbial safety took place alongside an exhibition of posters on topics such as food regulation, food labeling, nutritional labeling, food additives, and contaminants. The event attracted over 150 students from different colleges in Mysore, including St. Philomena’s College, JSS College, Jnanodaya PU College, and others.
The event was officially inaugurated by Dr. Navin Kumar Rastogi, Chief Scientist & Director-in-Charge of CSIR-CFTRI. In his address to the attendees, he emphasized the significance and importance of World Food Safety Day 2023, highlighting its benefits to society and the need for increased awareness.