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INGREDIENTS AND FLAVOURS

ReCHaN & FSSAI conduct workshop on health supplement & nutra awareness
Saturday, 31 August, 2019, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
With the objective to sensitise stakeholders and further strengthen its initiatives, ReCHaN (Resource Centre on Health Supplement and Nutraceuticals), along with FSSAI, conducted the first series of capacity-building workshops in this emerging sector for pharmacists and retailers on Awareness for Health Supplements and Nutraceuticals at the headquarters of the country’s apex food regulator in New Delhi on Friday.

Inaugurating the workshop, Rita Teaotia, chairperson, FSSAI, stated that such kind of trainings would benefit consumers directly by having first-hand information on such products from respective point of purchase.

“This would enable them to make informed choices,” she added, stating that ReCHaN had developed a first-of-its-kind training module for pharmacists and retailers of this sector that will enable the businesses to know about their responsibilities and help them in avoiding misbranding or any violation of any regulations prescribed under the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011.

Pawan Kumar Agarwal, chief executive officer, FSSAI, pointed out that the training programme will provide a new dimension to the sector by involving and creating awareness among the key players involved in the sale and distribution of such products.

“This is a unique initiative by FSSAI and ReCHaN, and is a step towards enabling a cohesive and conducive environment for consumers and strengthening the overall ecosystem for the health supplements and nutraceuticals sector in the country,” he said.

The workshop was attended by the pharmacists, retailers, distributors and other stakeholders who are involved in sale and distribution of health supplements and nutraceuticals.

It is pertinent to mention here that these products are generally sold without any medical prescription or advice, and often, customers seek information on the product they intend to purchase at the point of sale, but due to the lack of knowledge, they do not get enough info about the products.

According to the FSSAI, customers are entitled to receive the right information and retailers who offer these products are expected to inform the consumers and deliver it in a proper manner as the products under this category of Food are not intended to cure or prevent any disease, but only to maintain good health.
 
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