The Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) has become one of the first educational institutes in the country to receive the Eat Right Campus Award from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). As per reports, IIT Gandhinagar Director, Prof Sudhir K Jain will receive the award for the Institute on June 07, 2019 at a programme organised by FSSAI in FDA Bhawan, New Delhi, to commemorate the first World Food Safety Day declared by the United Nations General Assembly. IITGN had taken initiative in all of their mess, food joints and canteens within the campus. All these are licensed/registered by the Food and Drugs Control Administration (FDCA) Gujarat, trained by the Food Safety Awareness and Training Organization (FSATO) an empanelled training partner and audited by DNV GL Business Assurance India Pvt Ltd (DNVGL), an empanelled third-party auditing agency.
The audit is done through a checklist based on five parameters. On the basis of final audit score, the institute is certified as ‘Eat Right Campus’ with a five-star rating.
- Compliance to food safety and hygiene
- Healthy diets
- Food waste management
- Promotion of local and seasonal foods on campus
- Promotion and awareness of food safety and healthy diets in and around campus.
Announcing the ‘Eat Right Campus’ award to IITGN, Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI, said, “Access to an adequate amount of safe and nutritious food is the key to sustaining life, promoting good health and preventing foodborne diseases. Eat Right Campus initiative of FSSAI is a powerful tool to enable the administration/management to ensure safe and wholesome food for both the residents and visitors to their campus.”
“The ‘Eat Right Campus’ award by FSSAI is a welcome recognition to the dedicated efforts of our entire team of students, faculty, staff, vendors and vendors’ staff. We are grateful to all of them for their commitment to ensuring healthy and hygienic food on our campus,” he added.