FSSAI Current Affairs - 2020

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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NASVI, FSSAI to jointly organise National Street Food Festival 

The National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) and food regulator FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) are jointly organising National Street Food Festival (NSFF) at Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi during 25-29 December 2019. This year is the 11th edition of National Street Food Festival. Ever since its inception in 2009, this festival, has helped mainstream various street vending communities.

About National Street Food Festival (NSFF)

Theme of 2019’s festival‘Healthier Diets’. The idea is to focus various initiatives of FSSAI around healthy eating through gamification (in an interactive manner through games and quizzes). A footfall of around 75,000 people are expected to visit the festival.

During NSSF, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan will launch ‘Network for Scientific Co-operation for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’ (NetSCoFAN) on 26 December. It is a network of research and academic institutions working in the area of food and nutrition

Food Safety pavilion at festival will focus on demonstration of rapid food testing kits/devices.  Also, the FSSAI will be organising its second edition of ‘National Eat Right Mela’ to promote healthy foods. Through this mela, FSSAI seeks to give a unique and distinct identify to country’s local and street food. FSSAI will also be offering a platform to packaged food industry to showcase innovation in terms of newer areas such as healthier food variants, reformulation of food products and sustainable & enhanced packaging solutions.

About National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI)

It is a national federation of street vendor organizations comprising of a coalition of Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Trade Unions, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and professionals. NASVI works for protection of livelihood rights of thousands of street vendors across India. NASVI began as a Network in 1998 and was registered in 2003 under Societies Registration Act of 1860. The main objective behind establishing NASVI was to bring together the street vendor organizations in India

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