(The Gist of PIB) 2nd edition of Eat Right Mela [JANUARY-2019]
(The Gist of PIB) 2nd
edition of Eat Right Mela
2nd edition of Eat Right
Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare while inaugurating the
second edition of the ‘Eat Right Mela.
He stressed the importance of having a Jan Andolan, a peoples’ movement,
encouraging people to have healthier diets which will help in the reduction
of the disease burden in the country.
Key highlights about the program:
Union minister stated that the Eat Right Mela of FSSAI is a commendable
effort and outreach activity for citizens to nudge them towards eating
The citizens would learn about health and nutrition benefits of
different types of food
Get dietary advice by experts,
To engage in dialogues and conversations with food visionaries and
To relish the delicious street food,
To live demonstrations of food recipes and have fun and entertainment.
The Union Minister launched ‘The PURPLE Book’ a handbook on diets for
The book provides general guidelines for hospitals on suitable diets for
common medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, gut
disorders and so on in a simple format and has been developed and vetted by
experts in the field of food and nutrition.
Union health minister launched NetSCoFAN (Network for Scientific
Co-operation for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition), a network of research
and academic institutions working in the area of food and nutrition along
with the NetSCoFAN directory, covering detailed information of various
heads/Directors and lead scientists of lead and associated partnering
The NetSCoFAN would comprise of eight groups of institutions working in
different areas viz. biological, chemical, nutrition and labeling, food of
animal origin, food of plant origin, water and beverages, food testing, and
safer and sustainable packaging.
FSSAI has identified eight Nodal Institutions who would develop a ‘Ready
Reckoner’ that will have the inventory of all research work, experts and
institutions and would carry out and facilitate research, survey, and
It would identify research gaps in respective areas and collect, collate
and develop a database on food safety issues for risk assessment activities.