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Badal distributes prizes to cleanest mega food parks, cold chain units
Monday, 05 November, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, minister of food processing industries, Government of India, distributed prizes for cleanliness to the mega food parks and cold chain units for maintaining, promoting and encouraging Swachhta culture on the penultimate day of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries’ (MoFPI) 15-day observance of cleanliness campaign, Swachhta Pakhwada, which concluded recently.

The first prize was awarded to Patanjali Food and Herbal Park (P) Ltd in Haridwar, Uttarakhand; the second prize to Satara Mega Food Park (P) Ltd, Satara District, Maharashtra, and the third prize to Pagro Frozen Foods Pvt (P) Ltd, a cold chain project in Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab.

The selection of winners was done by the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) on the basis of the Swachhta Audit conducted by it of 11 mega food parks and 11 cold chain units. Noteworthy efforts were also made by the institute who towards the Pakhwada through extensive campaign including rallies, cleanliness drives, shramdaan and distribution of dustbins.

The Pakhwada saw encouraging participation from various industry chambers as well as food processing companies. Various events organised under the Pakhwada are listed below:

Letter sent to different industry associations requesting them to, in turn, inform their members to take part in Swachhta Pakhwada and take the Swachhta Pledge and observe activities to that end on priority. Furthermore, MoFPI assisted mega food parks, cold chain units, abattoirs, etc. in celebrating Swachhta Pakhwada. Also, senior officials and staff of the ministry participated in the cleanliness campaign around its premises at Panchsheel Bhawan

Awareness programme on food safety for food handlers of hospital canteens in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Over 40 participants from the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Max, Primus, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (RML), the Delhi Heart Institute and other hospitals of Delhi got together to attend the session

Training programme for street vendors at INA Market and Rajouri Garden, in association with Indian Chamber of Commerce to create awareness on food safety and hygiene procedures to be adopted by food handlers in order to ensure the safe meal

Cleanliness drive by Adarsh Scientific Research Centre and Testing Lab Pvt Ltd in Panvel, Mumbai

Cleanliness awareness campaign organised for students in Chhatarpur in association with the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which included taking the Swachhta Pledge and a drawing competition

Awareness programme in association with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry to train street vendors in Laxmi Nagar on how to keep personal hygiene and maintain the hygiene of their place of work

Awareness programme and cleanliness drives in Beltola Bazar in Guwahati and Andherighat in Darrang, Assam, in association with the Federation of Industry and Commerce of North Eastern Region, where caps, face masks and dustbins were distributed among the street vendors

Cleanliness drive by Rana Frozen Foods Cold Chain Project in Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Training programme for street food vendors in Kotla Mubarakpur, Delhi, in association with ASSOCHAM, and distribution of hygiene kits

Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) created a booklet on Waste to Wealth technology, which was launched by Badal on October 16, 2018

Nodal officers of the ministry also visited mega food parks, abattoirs, cold chains and other assisted projects to review cleanliness measures at the sites during the course of 15 days.The minister thanked industry chambers for their enthusiastic participation in the campaign, and hoped that they will continue to promote the idea of Swachhta becoming a way of life.
 
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