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‘eat right movement’ campaign
What to study?
For Prelims: Key features of the movement, what are TPCs, need for a limit.
For Mains: Significance and the need for staying healthy, government measures to keep the country healthy and raise awareness about it.
Context: Government has launched a mass media campaign on the Eat Right India movement.
This movement is aligned with the government’s flagship public health programmes such as POSHAN Abhiyaan, Anemia Mukt Bharat, Ayushman Bharat Yojana and Swachh Bharat Mission.
About Eat Right Movement:
It was launched by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
The movement aims to cut down salt/sugar and oil consumption by 30% in three years.
It also aims to engage and enable citizens to improve their health and well-being by making the right food choices.
Measures in place:
- FSSAI has put in place robust regulatory measures under three major pillars: Eat Safe, Eat Health and Eat Sustainably for the programme.
- FSSAI has prescribed a limit for Total Polar Compounds (TPC) at 25% in cooking oil to avoid the harmful effects of reused cooking oil.
Significance of the campaign:
The country is in need of a movement on preventive health for all in the backdrop of the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases including diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases, widespread deficiencies of vitamins and minerals and rampant food-borne illnesses.
The Eat Right India movement acts as a crucial preventive healthcare measure to trigger social and behavioural change through a judicious mix of regulatory measures, combined with soft interventions for ensuring awareness and capacity building of food businesses and citizens alike.
Sources: the Hindu.