Food Safety Current Affairs - 2020

FSSAI Food Safety Index

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India recently launched food safety index of the year 2019-20. The states of Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have topped the ranking.

Highlights

The index was prepared based on five parameters as follows

  • Food Testing Facilities
  • Human Resource and Institutional Data
  • Compliance
  • Training
  • Capacity building besides consumer empowerment.

The FSSAI also released an e-book on “Eat Right during COVID-19”. The E-Book highlights on safe food practices that  are to be followed.

Key Findings

Among the smaller states, Goa topped the ranking followed by Manipur and Meghalaya. Among Union Territories Chandigarh, Delhi and Andaman islands topped the ranking.

Theme

The Food Safety Index was released on World Food Safety Day under the theme

Theme: Food Safety is everyone business.

The theme was dedicated to persons that were in supply chain and ensured uninterrupted availability of safe food during the lock down. The World Food Safety Day is celebrated on June 7 every year.

June 7: World Food Safety Day

Every year, on June 7, the World Food Safety Day is celebrated. This World Food Safety Day being celebrated on June 7, 2020 is the second World Food Safety Day.

Highlights

The World Food Safety Day was launched by the United Nations in 2019. The day is celebrated to reinforce the call made by the Geneva Conference and Addis Ababa Conference in 2019 on “The Future of Food Safety”. This year the day is celebrated under the theme

Theme: Food Safety, Everyone’s Business

This year, under the theme, the United Nations is to promote global food safety awareness. Campaigns are to be conducted to call upon decision makers, UN Organizations, general public and civil societies to take action.

Addis Ababa Conference

The Addis Ababa Conference was the first International Conference on Food Safety. The Conference discussed priorities to reach Sustainable Development Goals and also support UN Decade of Action on Nutrition.

UN Decade of Action on Nutrition

The UN Decade of Action on Nutrition is a commitment of United Nations for the years 2016-25. The decade will receive increased nutrition actions from the world organization.