Workshop in Delhi-NCR on Food Labeling
Consumer VOICE, organized a sensitization workshop on Importance of Food Labeling at Dayanand Secondary School, Vivek Vihar along with state partner organisation Bhartiya Manav Kalyan,Samiti in Dec2022. The workshop aimed at creating awareness among the young students on the importance of food labelling, their right to choose healthy food products and to discuss about impact of non-communicable diseases.
An exhaustive presentation on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) was shown to the participant’s. Through this presentation students were briefed on the harmful effects of salt, sugar and fats .Our expert speaker also briefed the students that why reading labels correctly is important for them.
Unhealthy packaged foods are risking the lives of many Indians including teens and children’s as more and more people are falling prey to High BP, diabetes or obesity. Consumption of packaged foods is now almost a part and parcel of life and therefore reading labels is very crucial so that consumers can make an informed choice.
Teachers also spoke about NCDs and why we should cut down on unhealthy foods and stressed that the best way to do so is to read the labels properly.
The children were sensitized on the need to understand food labels and the same was demonstrated through examples of food labels on various packaged products. Information on proposed front of pack labelling was also shared.
The workshop was followed with a question-answer session where students asked some interesting questions like will it help them to reduce weight or will it help them to avoid some non-communicable diseases as they grow up.
We witnessed active participation and enthusiasm among all participants in the workshop. More than 80 students including students, teachers and staff members joined the workshop.