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Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan, presided over an inter-ministerial meet with Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and senior officials of other ministries on October 15, 2020. The meet was held in order to build a ‘Whole of Government’ approach to achieve the ‘Vision 2050’ of the Eat Right India Movement.

Highlights

  • Vardhan presided over an inter-ministerial meet with FSSAI and senior officials of various ministries to build a ‘whole of government’ approach to achieve ‘Vision 2050’ of the Eat Right India Movement.
  • Data shows that 21% of the children are Wasted, 36% of the children are underweighted while 38% of the children are Stunted in India.
  • 50% of women and children also suffer from Anaemia.
  • The minister took note of the fact the economic cost of food-borne diseases in India is estimated to be a whopping USD 15 billion, the health ministry said in a statement.
  • To move from food security to nutrition security, the line ministries are expected to come together to form a common platform to determine common goals and strategy and synergise their actions accordingly, he said.
  • “The different ministries can make critical interventions in primary production, food processing, their regulation with respect to wastage and issues of hygiene and end-consumption. Only then will ‘Eat Right India’ become a movement in its true sense, he said.
  • “A systems-based approach can ensure food safety along with their secure availability, promoting a healthy diet along with taking care of the environment through sustainable practices.
  • The other line ministries include the Women and Child Development Ministry, the Agriculture Ministry and the Ministries of Food, Fisheries.

Eat Right India Movement

  • “Eat Right India will mitigate the Health Burden from Food Borne diseases whose Economic Cost is estimated to be $15 bn per year for India.”
  • The movement was launched by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to improve public health and combat the negative nutritional trends to fight lifestyle diseases on 10th July, 2018. It is aimed at cutting down the salt, sugar and oil consumption by 30% in three years. It further aims to engage and enable citizens to improve their health and well-being by right food.

AIM

  • The ‘Eat Right India’ movement is a collective effort of all stakeholders in the food environment.
  • This movement includes regulatory actions as well initiatives targeted to food businesses and consumers.
  • This will address numerous public health, economic and environmental challenges.

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