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The Ministry of Public Health is pursuing its hospital food safety campaign by inspecting the entire production chain of food provided at state facilities and disseminating understanding of food safety in accordance with the 20 Year National Strategy and Thailand 4.0 agenda.
Deputy Governor of Udon Thani Thanaphol Chantaranimi has welcomed Chairman of the Minister of Public Health’s Advisory Committee Dr. Seri Tujinda and his delegation to Udon Thani Hospital for an inspection under the ministry’s hospital food safety campaign. The committee was led on a tour of the hospital’s food preparation facilities and also heard suggestions and challenges from relevant officials in the province.
Public Health Information Official Dr. Ittiphol Soongkaeng gave a presentation on the province’s food safety approach, which seeks to ensure safety throughout the production chain of food starting from sourcing of raw ingredients to their processing and presentation to customers. He indicated that intention is to maintain a “From Farm to Table” and “Farm to Fork” system and to adhere to international standards such as the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) standard.
The Ministry of Public Health’s wish is to ensure safe and hygienic food at hospitals for both patients and staff and promotes the purchase of organic fruits and vegetables and the use of state sponsored sources. The goal is to improve public health in the long term through the consumption of healthy and clean food.
Dr. Seri highlighted that 2017 is the year of “Safe Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables” and that the government wishes to see citizens consume an average 400 grams of fruit and vegetables daily to lower their risk of non-communicable diseases. Habitual consumption of fruit and vegetables can reduce risk from ailments such as heart disease by 31 percent.
To achieve its goals, the ministry has also signed up over a million volunteer farmers and community leaders to engage in farming that adheres to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).