SRINAGAR: Continuing its endeavor, the Srinagar District has achieved the top rank across the country in the implementation of phase three of “The Eat Right Challenge for Cities and Districts” by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

The Eat Right Creativity Challenge Phase Three started in May 2023 and will end in October. It has been launched as a part of the celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and aims to tap into the creative talent of students and enable them to inculcate healthy dietary habits.

The Eat Right Challenge in Srinagar was carried out under the overall supervision of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, while Assistant Commissioner Food & Safety, Yamin ul Nabi, was its Nodal Officer.

The targets fixed by the Food Safety Standards Authority of India were satisfactorily achieved, making Srinagar District the top district across the country as of August 03, 2023.

The Eat Right Challenge, also known as the Eat Right movement, was envisioned as a competition among districts to recognise their efforts in adopting and scaling up various initiatives under Eat Right India.

These initiatives include strengthening food safety through the food regulatory environment, providing safe and healthy food options by enabling the supply side, and engaging with citizens for the adoption and promotion of healthier diets.

The activities carried out under this challenge include registration and licensing drives, surveillance drives, lifting of enforcement samples, special camps for consumer awareness, hygiene rating, clean street food, no food waste certification, reusing of cooking oil, training for Asha & Anganwadi workers, and eat right campuses to promote the Eat Right message.

Speaking in this regard, the Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar said, “The Eat Right Challenge activity was aimed at propagating the message of adopting healthy food habits among the masses, including fortified foods like nutria-cereals in their diets.” He also stressed the importance of massive outreach to educate people and spread the message of safe, healthy, and sustainable diets.

The DC also congratulated the team of Food Safety for achieving the first rank under the Eat Right Challenge and encouraged them to continue their efforts to sustain the top position under the ongoing Eat Right Challenge completion phase III, which will conclude in October 2023. (KNO)

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