India is among the worst performing nations in terms of food safety, but according to a new report, a lack of proper food safety training for students has been a serious issue.
According to the report, students in the country are being trained in how to properly cook, pack and distribute food, but this is not happening in the real world.
The Indian government, which has seen food safety woes across the country for decades, is struggling to make food safe and is yet to implement an efficient system for training teachers.
“It is difficult to train a class of teachers to prepare food,” said Rakesh Jain, the secretary-general of the Association of Indian Food Technologists (AIFT).
The report by AIFT, the nation’s oldest organisation of food professionals, found that in 2016, only 4 per cent of the students in Indian universities received food safety education.
The number of courses in food safety has decreased by about half since then, and the number of students receiving training has dropped by 30 per cent.
In the last three years, there have been almost four times more incidents of food poisoning in India, which makes the number even higher, according to the organisation.
“We have a big problem with food safety in India.
There are so many reasons for it.
There is no uniform national policy,” said Sankar Reddy, a member of the AIFT and an expert on food safety.
The food industry has long complained about lack of training for food safety experts.
In the last five years, the number one complaint by the food industry was not enough food, as the government is still not doing much to make sure that its products are safe.
In 2016, the country recorded 846 food safety incidents, of which around 8,000 were fatal.
“There are no standards for food quality and safety in the food chain,” said Reddy.
“The government is not doing enough to set up a system to ensure safety.”
India has more than a million food inspectors, but only a handful of trained ones, making the food safety problem even more urgent.
“We need to ensure the trained food inspectors have access to the best equipment, equipment that they need and food safety advice.
That is the most important,” said Jain.
In 2017, there were around 14,000 food safety alerts in India and only around 100 of them were recorded by the government.
In many states, the government does not have the equipment to properly train and supervise food safety workers.
According, to the AIET, there is a need for a uniform national food safety policy, which can be implemented in an effective manner.
“If we are going to solve the food security issue in India it needs to be a national policy.
There needs to a clear set of standards for how the food is processed, packaged and stored, which we are not doing,” said Arvind Kumar, a food safety expert at the AIHT.
India’s food safety situation has deteriorated over the past decade.
Between 2005 and 2015, the average number of foodborne illnesses in India increased by 17 per cent, according the latest data from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
“Food safety is the biggest threat to health and food security.
If we don’t have a good food safety system in place, it will be a disaster,” said Preeti Agrawal, a researcher at AIHT, adding that the lack of a system is leading to more cases of food contamination and other food-borne diseases.
In a 2016 survey, more than two-thirds of Indians had lost confidence in their food safety and safety awareness.
“Our food safety problems are not going away anytime soon,” said Agrawa.