Education about Food Safety among Consumers

Anju Kapri, Nagaratna Kurbetta, Roopa Natagall
Journal of Agricultural Engineering and Food Technology   unpublished
Consumer education is basically an education which brings about behavioral changes in a person who goes to market to buy anything. The consumer is totally confused what to do and what not to do. Ultimately deciding to buy which he doesn't need at all, though there is advancement in education yet most of the consumers are unaware of their rights like right to safety, right to be heard, to seek redress, to be adequately informed and consumer education. Food and Consumer Education focuses on
more » ... ing consumers with health and nutrition knowledge as well as literacy in consumer education. The knowledge and skills are critical for consumers to make informed decisions concerning their diet with the resources available (such as finance and time) for self, family and the community. For food products, Section 23 r/w Rule 32 of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954 confers on consumers a right to be informed whether or not the article of food is vegetarian or non-vegetarian. As regards drugs and cosmetics, necessary amendments have not been made in the relevant statute. The packages of non-vegetarian products should bear a symbol giving their non-vegetarian origin and a package of a vegetarian product should also bear a symbol. Public health interventions thought that if consumers were able to watch their diet they would reverse the trend. Therefore, consumer have to consider the following actions taken by Government which encourages healthy decisions like clear front of pack nutrition labeling, health claims that consumers can trust, improving labeling of food eaten outside home, reformulation to reduce fat, sugar and salt levels, responsible food marketing etc. Hence it is necessary for consumers to gain knowledge about food safety and consumer education to improve their quality of life.