By Dr SaurabhArora
It has been rightly said, “If it is not safe…it is not food; if it is not healthy…it is not food; and if it is not good for the environment…it is not food.” The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India initiated ‘Eat Right Campus’ with an aim to promote safe, healthy and sustainable food in campuses such as police stations, schools, universities, colleges, workplaces, hospitals, tea estates etc. across the country. It is based on a rating mechanism with a set of well-defined benchmarks on food safety and hygiene, food waste management, healthy diet, promotion of local seasonal food and awareness among citizens.
The objective behind this initiative is to improve the health of people and promote social and economic development of the nation.
In today’s fast-paced life, a large number of working professionals and students are spending the majority of their time at the workplace or college campus. In such a scenario it becomes indispensable to eat healthy and safe food to stave off a plethora of food borne diseases, deficiencies of micronutrients like vitamins and minerals and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like hypertension, diabetes and heart related diseases.
FSSAI from being a “regulator and enforcer” has also become the “chief convenor and enabler” of change with time.
‘Sehatmand Delhi’ is an initiative of the Department of Food Safety, Govt.of NCT of Delhi with a notion to identify premises that can be recognised as ‘Eat Right Campus’. The New Delhi district took up this initiative to focus on the health of its personnel across canteens, kitchens and mess in the district.The programme included a preliminary audit of the campus, identifying the gaps and rectifying them through capacity building, training and sensitisation, creation of standard operating procedures, followed by final the audit by third party agencies. Successful completion of these activities led to the recognition of the campus as Eat Right Campus.
Remarkably, a training and infrastructural development drive was also carried out across police stations in different regions of Delhi which are as follows; Police Station Mohan Garden, DCP Office District Dwarka Sec 19, Police Station Jaffarpur, Police Station SangamVihar, Police Station Uttam Nagar,Police Station Najafgarh, KhajuriKhas, AnandVihar, MadhuVihar, KalyanPuri, ShakarPur, Seemapuri, Shahdara, Krishna Nagar, Geeta Colony, Gandhinagar, GTB Enclave, Palam village, Sagarpur, Delhi Police Mess, Kapashera, Delhi Police Mess Cantonment Delhi, Mess Police Station RK Puram, and Sarojni Nagar, New Police Line,Kingsway Camp, Model Town, Police Station SamaypurBadli, New Police Line, Kingsway Camp, GTB Nagar,DCP Office Seelampur, Police Station Bhajanpura and VasantKunj.
‘Eat Right Campus’ under the aegis of FSSAI’s Eat Right India aims to transform India’s food safety and nutrition environment through a judicious amalgamation of regulatory, capacity building, collaborative and empowerment approaches, thereby protecting and advancing public health and ameliorate the quality of life across all walks of life.
The campuses are evaluated and certified as ‘Eat Right Campus based on the benchmarks created on four different parameters.These parameters include food safety measures, steps to ensure provision of healthy and environmentally sustainable food and building awareness among the individuals in the campus to make the right food choices. A detailed checklist has been created based on these parameters, outlining the best practices to be followed by the campus.
A vital step of this process includes training of Food Safety Supervisors and food handlers in the campus through FSSAI’s Food Safety Training and Certification (FoSTaC) Programme. Once these improvements are made, the campus undergoes a third-party audit by the same FSSAI-empaneled agency and is given a rating on a five-star scale.If a campus scores three or more stars, it is certified as an ‘Eat Right Campus’.
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