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Goa becomes the First State to initiate Food Safety Measures launched by FSSAI

The government will get FDA Officials and selected chefs to be trained as supervisors. to improve the hygiene conditions of the state

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Goanese food, Wikimedia

October 25, 2016: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has collaborated with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Goa unit to make Goa the first state to adopt five food safety initiatives launched by FSSAI.

FSSAI has asked each state to volunteer for the initiatives that they would like to launch to make food safe. Goa picked Safe and Nutritious (SNF) food at home, schools and workplaces. These initiatives will be launched at the National level in October 2017 and all the initiatives integrate with the existing government schemes, mentioned TOI report.

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According to TOI, Goa was the first state to be selected as it was in good in terms of healthcare. FSSAI is going to make efforts to make Goa as a model state as far as the safe and nutritious food is concerned. There are agencies in the country that take care of the exported testing products. These issues are needed to be addressed. The FSSAI is persuading the states to supply fortified food.

A negative list of products with high content of fat and salty foods was prepared to ensure food safety in schools, including lunch box and canteens. FSSAI has launched the ‘green book’, to promote safe food habits at home and created a website dedicated to nutritious and safe food at home.

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Director of FDA, Salim Veljee announced that the state will be working on improving food safety standards, targeting homes, schools and workplaces.

“This bouquet of 10 initiatives focused on safe and nutritious food at home, school, workplace, religious places, in trains and railway stations, in restaurants and other places,” Health Ministry said in a statement to TOI.

Removing junk items and promoting healthy food would be the prime focus, under the initiatives. The program will include a third party monitoring system and certificates will be given to the schools according to the ratings they receive. The model cafes will be constructed in certain workplaces and the food handlers will be trained by master trainers. A third party auditing will be conducted and a rating system will be introduced.

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“We will also be launching ‘connect to citizens’ initiatives to take the food safety habits directly to the citizens. The state-funded food testing laboratories will also get a major overhaul under the five initiatives,” said FSSAI CEO, Pawan Agarwal.

Deputy Chief Minister, Francis D’Souza, said,” The government will be working to improve the hygiene conditions in the state, by getting the FDA officials and selected chefs in the state to be trained as supervisors.”

Prepared by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

 

  • Antara

    A great news! Food Safety Measures were so needed!

  • Ruchika Kumari

    Good initiative.Health and hygiene comes first.We should always eat healthy and nutritious food.

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Study: Friend Circle More Predictive of your Overall Health and Wellness than Fitbit Watches

According to the study published in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers were interested in what the structure of social networks says about the state of health, happiness and stress

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The authors found that positive social relationships, social support and social acceptance help shape the development of self-esteem in people over time across ages four to 76. Pixabay

To get a better reading on your overall health and wellness, you should be better off looking at the strength and structure of your circle of friends, says a study. According to the study published in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers were interested in what the structure of social networks says about the state of health, happiness and stress.

“What we found was the social network structure provides a significant improvement in predictability of wellness states of an individual over just using the data derived from wearables, like the number of steps or heart rate,” said the study lead author Nitesh V. Chawla, a researcher of Indian origin from University of Notre Dame in the US.

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Fitbit watches have sensors that get information from air temperature and humidity, but also from the physiological response of the individual in that environment. Pixabay

For the study, participants wore Fitbit to capture health behaviour data — such as steps, sleep, heart rate and activity level and completed surveys and self-assessments about their feelings of stress, happiness and positivity.

The research team then analysed the data, using machine learning, alongside an individual’s social network characteristics, including degree, centrality, clustering coefficient and number of triangles.

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According to the study published in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers were interested in what the structure of social networks says about the state of health, happiness and stress. Pixabay

The study showed a strong correlation between social network structures, heart rate, number of steps and level of activity. According to the researchers, social network structure provided significant improvement in predicting one’s health and well-being compared to just looking at health behaviour data from the Fitbit alone.

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For example, when social network structure is combined with the data derived from wearables, the machine learning model achieved a 65 per cent improvement in predicting happiness, 54 per cent improvement in predicting one’s self-assessed health prediction, 55 per cent improvement in predicting positive attitude, and 38 per cent improvement in predicting success.

“This study asserts that without social network information, we only have an incomplete view of an individual’s wellness state, and to be fully predictive or to be able to derive interventions, it is critical to be aware of the social network structural features as well,” Chawla said. (IANS)