Chandigarh,23.11.17-The Department of Food Science at MCM DAV College for Women organized  aStar College Scheme, DBT and NCSTC, DST sponsored Workshop on 'Awareness Generation and Dissemination of Knowledge and Skills about Recent Advances inNutrition and Food Safety' here today. The workshop was organised in collaboration with Department of Community Medicine, School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh. The objective of the workshop was togenerate awareness about issues pertaining to food safety so as to help in the prevention of potential health hazards and sensitise people about recent advances in this field. Citing the fact that 21% of the communicable diseases in India are food/water related, Chief Guest Prof. Sanjay Chhibber, Department of Microbiology, PU, in the inaugural address, stressed upon the need to develop robust microbiological food safety measures and the imperativeness of involvement of all the stakeholders including manufacturers, regulators, public health agencies, allied agencies and consumers in ensuring food safety. Prof.Amarjeet Singh, Department ofCommunity Medicine, PGIMER gave an overview of the objective of the workshop and highlighted the importance of research in combating the contamination of food right from the farm to the table. Guest ofHonourMr.Sukhwinder Singh, Designated Officer, Food Safety Cell, Chandigarh apprised the audience about the Food Fortification and Food Safety initiatives by Chandigarh Administration and also held a highlyinformative session on Food Adulterants Detection. Dr.SukhpalKaur, National Institute of Nursing Education, Chandigarh spoke on 'Food Safety: Definition/Concepts/Problem Statement, Types and Gaps'. 'TheRecent Advances: Use of IT  in Food Safety; Concept of Traceability; Safety of GM Food' was discussed by Dr.JayantiDutta Roy, Deputy Director, HRD Centre, PU. Lt. Col Kumar Pushkarshed light on Safe Street Food. A short film on standard operating procedures for food safety in eating establishments titled 'Farm to Fork' and another one on foodadulterants detection kits were also showcased during the event. A Mobile Food Testing Van of Chandigarh Administration analysed the food samples brought by the staff and students. A quiz on food safety wasalso organised on the occasion. Congratulating the Food Science Department for taking up the pertinentissue of food safety, Principal Dr.NishaBhargavaemphasised the need for education and training at every step, right from production to  supply to consumption for ensuring better quality of food with highnutritional value.