New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said food chains have become long, difficult and international. In such a situation, diseases arising out of adulteration in food are becoming a cause of serious concern. India is incurring a loss of $15 billion (about Rs. 1,092 billion) per year due to food borne diseases.
According to a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Harsh Vardhan, while addressing a function organized by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on World Food Safety Day, said safety should be included in the entire food chain. This series starts from the farm and ends at the dining table. The government, industry and consumer have to play an equal and important role in keeping it healthy.
He said that it is also necessary to include essential nutrients and education related to nutrition in food safety. He said the country is losing 15 billion dollars due to food borne diseases and is expected to increase by 15-18 crore per annum by 2030. The Health Minister said that food safety should be seen as an essential element of people's health. It should be ensured that the food we are eating is pure and safe.