(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 Mela

  • 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 right.
  • 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 experts,
  • 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 diseases.
  • 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.
  • This book is available for free download on www.fssai.gov.in.

NetSCoFAN initiative:

  • 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 institutions.
  • 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 related activities.
  • It would identify research gaps in respective areas and collect, collate and develop a database on food safety issues for risk assessment activities.

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