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State health ministers pledge to set up robust national food

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

ministers of all states today pledged to set up a robust national testing system by ensuring adequate number of laboratories and focus on by promoting healthy dietary habits and addressing rising incidences of and

It was part of a draft joint declaration decided upon after a roundtable organised by the Union ministry and regulator FSSAI with state ministers to review the challenges and opportunities for ensuring availability of safe and wholesome to the people.

"The focus should shift from centric treatment to preventive and promotive healthcare," J P Nadda said, and highlighted various initiatives taken by the Centre in this regard.

Participants of the roundtable affirmed their commitment to creating a unified framework for an integrated food control system by putting in and processes for ensuring safe and for all citizens by adopting a seven-point charter.

This includes supporting development of robust food standards and code of practices for safe food, creating a positive regulatory environment, establishing a credible and robust national and addressing micro- nutrient deficiencies and promoting healthy dietary habits, the draft declaration read.

It also talks about bringing a large-scale social and behavioural change in citizens on safe and nutritious food, building a culture of self-compliance in and developing effective institutions and institutional arrangements backed with competent human resources and adequate financial resources.

State health ministers decided to launch a campaign with focus on youngsters and school children for limiting their from fat to less than 30 per cent of the total daily calorie intake and eliminate trans-fats completely.

They also decided to promote and encourage supplies, distribution and retailing of fortified staples in the public distribution system as well as open market.

The ministers assured to work towards creating a culture of self-compliance among by helping them build internal capacities, focus on third among other things.

During the roundtable, Nadda released a framework for 'Clean Street Food Hubs' and 'Safe and Hygienic Food Festivals'.

He also released FSSAI's 'Healthy Food Calendar', the first of its kind calendar which covers India's main festivals, the food associated with them and their nutritional benefits.

The also urged the state governments to use FSSAI's 'Pink Book' for households and 'Yellow' Book aimed at children, both detailing how to eat right.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 17:25 IST