Food Safety Current Affairs

FSSAI launches Eat Right Movement to promote safe and healthy food

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has launched national campaign ‘The Eat Right Movement’ to improve public health and combat lifestyle diseases. FSSAI also launched Eat Right tool kit and Safe and Nutritious Food at Workplace campaign.

The Eat Right Movement

It is voluntary and collaborative movement built on two broad pillars – “Eat Healthy and “Eat Safe”. It is collective effort to encourage people towards making right food and dietary choices. It focuses on both sides- demand and supply side to come together.

On demand side it focuses on empowering citizens to make right food choices. On supply side, it requests food businesses to reformulate their products, provide better nutritional information to consumers and make investments in healthy food as responsible food businesses.

Under this campaign, FSSAI has asked industry to voluntarily reduce salt, sugar and saturated fat in packaged food products. Edible oil industry, bakeries, halwais and FMCG companies, including Nestle India, HUL and Patanjali have took pledge to reduce the level of salt, sugar and fat in food products.

Eat Right tool kit

The kit aims serve as supplementary engagement resource to be mainstreamed in national nutrition and public health programmes at grassroots level. It includes components on eating safe such as maintaining hygiene and sanitation and food adulteration. It has simple message on eating healthy food and avoiding food with high fat, sugar and salt.

Safe and Nutritious Food at Workplace ([email protected])

It is nation-wide campaign to help people eat safe, eat healthy and eat right at their workplaces. It promotes safe and healthy diets through The Orange Book (its resource book) and through FSSAI-trained Food Safety Supervisors (FSS) and Health and Wellness Coordinators (HWC) at every workplace across the country.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

FSSAI is a nodal statutory agency responsible for protecting and promoting public health in India through regulation and supervision of food safety. It was established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and operates under aegis of Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

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India-Afghanistan: Cabinet approves Cooperation Arrangement in food safety and related areas

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved signing of Cooperation Arrangement between India and Afghanistan for cooperation in the field of food safety and related areas. The agreement will be singed between Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW) and Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock (MAIL), Afghanistan.

Key Facts

The cooperation arrangement will facilitate information sharing training and capacity building measure between both countries. It will help learning from each others best practice to improve food safety ecosystem. The areas of cooperation under the agreement includes

  • Establish mechanism of information exchange and communication.
  • Facilitate organization of joint seminars, workshops, visits, lectures, training programme, etc.
  • Facilitate technical exchange on identified topics of interest especially about import procedures, quality control operations, sampling, testing, packaging and labelling.
  • Other areas of interest to participants within their responsibilities as they may mutually determine.

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