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Study finds that one in three mothers don't know about food quality

One in every three mothers is unsure about the safety and quality of food that she gives to her family, a report said Thursday. The survey 'Conversations With Mothers' food safety survey, commissioned by Tetra Pak - the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions provider - said that mothers are most concerned about the freshness and purity of the food they consume as well as the risk of its adulteration.

Tetra Pak also launched the 'Right to Keep Food Safe' - an awareness programme that will empower mothers with knowledge and facts on food safety and nutrition and motivate them to spread the word to many more mothers. 'Food safety is a continuing concern with frequent outbreaks of food-borne diseases due to adulteration, contamination and lack of awareness on how to keep food safe,' said Aditi Gowitrikar, doctor, actor and mother of two, who was present at the release of the report. (Read: Why we need to teach every child about nutrition)

She said that it was surprising to learn from the survey that over 70 percent mothers do not immediately connect serious diseases such as jaundice, cholera and typhoid with food safety. 'I am glad to lend my support to the Right to Keep Food Safe awareness campaign and I encourage all mothers to take up the NQ course to improve their knowledge and make more informed choices on food safety and nutrition,' she added.

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Here are 5 ways to deal with a fussy eater

Visit the supermarket or a farmer s market together: Love for food should not be restricted to taste. In fact, it should start from the scratch. It s important that you child know where the food is coming from and the other facts related to it. Take your child along with you for vegetable shopping. Whether you are struggling with a toddler or a teenager, taking your child to the supermarket or the grocery store can widen his horizon about food, vegetables and fruits in particular. This has a scope to improve your child s acceptance towards foods that he might also help you pick up, and eat them when cooked. However, keep in mind that a farmer s market would be a better option to introduce your child or teenager to fruits and vegetables as it has less distractions than a super market.

Plan a food date: This doesn t mean dinning at a restaurant with your child and indulging in junk food loaded with fat. Instead, make it clear to your child that a food date would mean when the entire family will sit together to eat and try a new healthy dish. It could be a new vegetable or a regular one cooked little differently. Tell your child that he has to oblige as that s what the entire family would be doing. Eating with the entire family makes it easier for your child to relish the taste and texture of foods that he might usually dislike. Read more about 5 ways to deal with a fussy eater

With inputs from IANS

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