FSSAI: Safe and Nutritious Food Initiative (Download PDF)


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Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has undertaken several initiatives under the umbrella of ‘Safe and Nutritious Food’ (SNF) for citizen guidance and behavioral change in every sphere at home, school, workplace or eating out, for example.

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  • SNF@Home: This initiative of FSSAI is aimed at filling in this gap. This would have useful and practical tips and information about food safety and nutrition that Indian households need on a day-to-day basis. This website would be a one-point credible source of information and good practices regarding food safety and nutrition.

  • SNF@School: The Yellow Book, the resource book for this campaign helps children learn about safe and wholesome food in a fun, interactive way, through curricular and extra-curricular activities. It has two volumes for primary and secondary school students respectively. An excellent Teacher Training Manual is also available.

  • SNF@Workplace: is a nation-wide campaign to help people eat safe and eat right. This initiative, educates people on healthy diets through its resource book, the Orange Book. The campaign would help to develop an overall ecosystem for safe and nutritious food in workplaces. This book and more resources can be downloaded from FSSAI’s Citizen’s Portal.

  • SNF@Eatout.

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  • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is banking on resident welfare associations and other local bodies to disseminate information on safe and nutritious food.
  • The regulator plans to reach out to 40 crore households in the country under its drive.
  • The initiative was launched in pilot mode in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, will be gradually extended to the National Capital Region and country-wide in the days to come.

Plan of FSSAI

  • Awareness and capacity building are key to usher in a culture of safe and wholesome food. Through focused interventions, FSSAI would share and reiterate the message that safe and nutritious food has to be a way of life.
  • FSSAI will provide a green book to every household and create a dedicated website for safe and nutritious food at home.
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  • Similarly for schools, it will prepare a negative list of high fat, sugar and salt foods — commonly referred as junk food — to ensure food safety and nutrition in and around schools, including lunch boxes and canteens.
  • It plans to make licence from FSSAI compulsory for food businesses involved in mid-day meal scheme.

SNF Portal

  • The SNF portal i. e. www.snfportal.in serves as an online resource centre containing information pertaining to this initiative with access to resource materials developed by FSSAI, interactive guides on understanding food safety and nutrition and a gateway for everyone to participate in these initiatives through partnerships.
  • Ensuring safe and nutritious food for all Indian citizens on Pan-India basis calls for massive outreach efforts which can be achieved only in partnership with multiple stakeholders and role of state governments is paramount for adaptation, implementation and coordination of this initiative.

Other Measures Taken by Government

  • A Roundtable Conference was organized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) with State Health Ministers, Senior State government officials, related Central Government Ministries, Industry Associations and other stakeholders in January, 2018.

  • It was agreed to address these issues through a systematic and structured approach for bringing about a large-scale social and behavioural change in citizens on Safe and Nutritious Food (SNF). It was taken up by

  • taking up awareness and engagement activities in campaign mode

  • developing effective institutions and institutional arrangements backed with competent human resources and adequate financial resources.

  • States have also been encouraged to use funds under National Health Mission (NHM) for food safety and nutrition related activities.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 30, 2018


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