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‘Eat right movement’ campaign

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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: Western Railway’s Mumbai Central Terminus has become India’s first Eat Right Station. Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has rated the station with four stars.

Background:

  • The station was graded on the basis of food safety and hygiene, availability of healthy diet, food handling at preparation and food waste management among others.
  • The food was certified and rated after a thorough inspection. ‘Eat Right Station’ is a part of the ‘Eat Right India’ initiative that was launched by FSSAI in 2018 to help passengers make a healthy choice.

 

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.