Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Current Affairs - 2020

What is BHOG of FSSAI?

The Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration recently asked the administrators of temples to obtain BHOG certificate from FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India). This was launched in 2018.

What is BHOG?

BHOG is Blissful Hygiene Offering to God. These are certificates issued by FSSAI. The BHOG certificates ensure quality of food offered to devotees and deities as well. It was launched as a precautionary measure to maintain hygiene of foods at the temples.

About the Project

The project was initiated by FSSAI. The project apart from maintaining the quality of foods at temples, also gives training for food handlers on basic food safety. It incudes Gurudwaras, Temples, Mosques. The project has also made it mandatory for the Prasad stalls and vendors that sell Prasad in and around temple premises to obtain BHOG certificate.

Eat Right Campaign

The certificate also includes principles of Eat Right Campaign. The Eat Right Campaign is based on two broad pillars namely “Eat Healthy” and “Eat Right”.

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GoI hosts National Organic Food Festival in New Delhi

The Government of India is to host National Organic Food Festival at the National Capital between February 21, 2020 and February 23, 2020. The festival is first of its kind. Around 150 women entrepreneurs are to participate in the festival

Highlights

The Ministry of Food Processing is organizing National level Food Festival for 3 days. Several Self-Help Groups are to exhibit their spices, fruits and vegetable, honey, dry fruits, cereals, etc. The main aim of the festival is to boost production of organic products. The festival is to be conducted under the theme

Theme: Unleashing India’s Organic Market Potential

Purpose

The festival aims to conduct training programmes, marketing innovation programmes, imparting knowledge about supply of organic products. It will also conduct training programmes on FSSAI regulations that will help to get familiarized with regulatory processes.

Organic Market Potential of India

India is world’s 9th largest agricultural organic market in the world. It produces 1.7 million tonnes of organic foods. It includes cotton, pulses, fruits, tea, medicinal plants, coffee, vegetables, sugarcane, oil seeds, etc.

Goal Set

India has set a goal of increasing business of organic sector to Rs 75,000 crores by 2025. In 2015, it was Rs 27,000 crores.

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