World Food Safety Day
Part of: GS Prelims and GS -II – Health; International
- The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare virtually attended the World Food Safety Day (7th June) celebrations organized by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
- Access to sufficient amounts of safe food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health
- Global food waste accounts for 6.7% of global greenhouse gas emissions, directly leading to climate change.
About World Food Safety Day
- WHO and FAO jointly facilitate the observance of World Food Safety Day.
- It was first celebrated in 2019, to strengthen the commitment to scale up food safety made by the Addis Ababa Conference and the Geneva Forum in 2019 under the umbrella of “The Future of Food Safety”.
- Aim: To draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development.
- 2021 Theme: Safe Food for a Healthy Tomorrow.
Indian Initiatives for Food Safety:
- State Food Safety Index, released by FSSAI to measure the performance of States on five parameters of food safety namely Human Resources and Institutional Data, Compliance, Food Testing – Infrastructure and Surveillance, Training & Capacity Building and Consumer Empowerment.
- Eat Right India Movement: Initiative of the Government of India and FSSAI to transform the country’s food system in order to ensure safe, healthy and sustainable food for all Indians.
- Eat Right Awards: Instituted by FSSAI to recognize the contribution of food companies and individuals to empower citizens to choose safe and healthy food options,
- Eat Right Mela: Organised by FSSAI, it is an outreach activity for citizens to nudge them towards eating right
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