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Second Edition of Eat Right Mela inaugurated

On December 27, 2019, Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the second edition of eat right mela in New Delhi. The mela is an effort to encourage citizens on having a healthy diet and reduce the disease burden in the country. The theme of the event is

Theme: Healthier Diets

The event was organized by the FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) along with National Association of Street Vendors of India.

The first Eat Right Mela was launched in New Delhi in December, 2018.

Highlights

The Mela will stress upon the importance of healthy diet and also will help avoiding wrong choices of food. It aims at providing complete food experience exhibiting healthy diets and showcasing innovations. The mela is also joined by Incredible India and Fit India. The other pavilion to be showed in the mela is FSAN (Food Safety and Applied Nutrition).

At the event the minister launched “The Purple Book” that provides guidelines for hospitals. The book focuses on conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer.

Eat Right Movement

The mela is a part of the Eat Right Movement. The movement is aligned with Ayushman Bharat, POSHAN Abhiyaan, Swachh Bharat Mission and Anemia Mukt Bharat. It was launched by the FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India). The movement is significant as there is a need to increase awareness on preventive health for all. It also aims to reduce increasing burden of non-communicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes, widespread deficiencies in vitamins and minerals.

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Mumbai Central railway station certified as country’s first ‘Eat Right’

The Mumbai Central Terminus of Western Railway has been certified as India’s first ‘Eat Right Station’ with a 4-Star rating awarded by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), as a part of ‘Eat Right India’ movement launched in 2018. FSSAI is an autonomous body under Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW).

Key Highlights

The honour came on basis of compliance of food safety and hygiene, food handling at preparation, promotion of local and seasonal foods, trans-shipment and retail or serving points, food waste management, availability of healthy diet, as well as creating awareness on food safety and a healthy diet.

Food quality regulator FSSAI, Western Railways (WR), and Indian Railways Catering Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) trained food handlers, both in canteens and base kitchens, who inspected catering establishments at station and certified and rated standard of food.

The Indian Railways as part of its efforts to help passengers make a healthy and right food choice, launched ‘Eat Right Station’ as part of ‘Eat Right India’ initiative of FSSAI started in 2018. ‘Eat Right India’ built on 2 broad pillars- ‘Eat Healthy and Eat Safe’, is aimed towards engaging, exciting and enabling people to enhance their health and wellbeing. It also focused on ensuring that people ate healthy, with FSSAI making suitable interventions on both demand/ supply side, through the engagement of key stakeholders.

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