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Chef Varun Inamdar recognised as Young Chef of The Year

7th June 2019
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Chef Varun Inamdar receiving the Award from FSSAI Chairperson Ms Rita Teotia, CEO Pawan Agarwal and Hon Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

Awarded for propagating the message of safe food habits further in the country.

Chef Varun Inamdar was awarded Young Chef of The Year at the Eat Right Awards 2019 hosted by FSSAI. The programme was held to commemorate the first World Food Safety Day at FDA Bhawan, New Delhi. He receiving the Award from FSSAI Chairperson Ms Rita Teotia, FSSAI CEO Pawan Agarwal and Hon Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.

"This is my second national award and recognition in the last 2 years. This award makes me the first chef in India to be awarded 'Young Chef of The Year' at the Eat Right Awards 2019," claimed an elated celebrity Chef Varun.

To celebrate their spirit and tireless efforts with regards to ensuring food safety and disseminating the message of eating right, a felicitation ceremony was organised for States, who have been shortlisted through the ‘State Food Safety Index’, Food Businesses through the ‘Eat Right Awards’, and various other institutions through ‘Eat Right Campuses’.

The first-ever 'World Food Safety Day' adopted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations was celebrated on 7th June under the theme, Food Safety, Everyone's Business. The event involved participation from various stakeholders, namely, representatives from Central and State Government, Food Businesses, Higher Education Institutes, Associations/NGOs, Consumers, among others, to join hands in propagating the message of safe food habits further.

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi on a bicycle, who was the inspiration behind “Swasth Bharat Yatra” (an All India Relay Cyclothon was held between 16th October 2018 to 29th January 2019), was unveiled at the programme. Also, a commemorative Coffee Table Book on the Cyclothon, along with a documentary travelogue film series, was released on the occasion.

‘If it is not safe, it is not food'

"There is no food without food safety. While we often take for granted that the food we consume is safe, an estimated 600 million cases of foodborne diseases occur annually worldwide. Unsafe food is a threat to human health and economies, disproportionately affecting vulnerable and marginalized people, especially women and children, populations affected by conflict and migrants. It also damages global trade leading to further food waste, which can no longer be tolerated in a world where many still suffer from hunger.* Food safety has become an impending concern which can be resolved only when international bodies, governments, producers, and consumers consider it a shared responsibility," quoted an FSSAI statement.

Taking into account the fact that children are change agents of the future, FSSAI has developed a ‘Do-it-yourself’ (DIY) toolkit for school children - a “Food Safety Magic Box” to detect food adulterants through simple tests at school. Another device based on the famous “Raman Spectroscopy” technique, which helps screen various types of adulterants in edible oil, was launched at the event.



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