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Eat Right

Synopsis
In the preamble to the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is expected to ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food for the people in India. Therefore, FSSAI has embarked on a large-scale effort to transform the country’s food system in order to ensure safe, healthy, and sustainable food for all Indians through the ‘Eat Right India’ movement. The tagline ‘Sahi Bhojan. Behtar Jeevan’, thus, forms the foundation of this movement.
What will happen?
  • Strengthen food safety through the food regulatory environment
  • Provide safe and healthier food options by enabling the supply side
  • Engage with citizens for adoption and demand healthier diets
  • Changing food environments
  • Robust food regulatory system

Safe foods and healthy diets are critical in the context of India’s high burden of food-borne diseases, under-nutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and growing incidence of obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like hypertension, diabetes, and heart-related diseases.

While on the one hand, 196 million Indians are undernourished1,135 million are overweight or obese2putting them at risk for non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

Further, the number of cases of food-borne illnesses is expected to rise from 100 million to 150 – 177 million in 2030 compared to 20113. This will directly impact the ability to absorb nutrients, and fight infection, rendering millions vulnerable to a host of diseases.

In addition, the current food production and consumption of food practices are threatening the environment and the future of our planet. Food production is responsible for up to 30% of global greenhouse-gas emissions contributing to global warming4. Global food waste accounts for 6.7% of global greenhouse gas emissions, directly leading to climate change5.

This underlines the need to focus on preventive healthcare by ensuring safe, healthy food for all people in an environmentally sustainable way.

In the preamble to the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is expected to ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food for the people in India. Therefore, FSSAI has embarked on a large-scale effort to transform the country’s food system in order to ensure safe, healthy, and sustainable food for all Indians through the ‘Eat Right India’ movement. The tagline ‘Sahi Bhojan. Behtar Jeevan’, thus, forms the foundation of this movement.

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Eat Right India adopts an integrative or ‘whole of the government’ approach since the movement brings together food-related mandates of the agriculture, health, environment, and other ministries.

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Furthermore, since foodborne illnesses and various diet-related diseases cut across all age groups and all sections of the society it also adopts a ‘whole of society’ approach, bringing all stakeholders together on a common platform.

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