In the State Food Safety Index awards issued by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday on the occasion of World Food Safety Day, Tamil Nadu topped the list among larger states, followed by Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Goa took first place among smaller states, followed by Manipur and Sikkim, and Jammu & Kashmir took first place among Union Territories, followed by Delhi and Chandigarh.
This was the fourth State Food Safety Index award, which began in 2018-19 with the goal of making India’s food safety ecosystem more competitive and beneficial. States that made considerable progress were also recognised.
“I hope all states that got prizes continue to work harder to improve food safety,” Mandaviya said. According to the Prime Minister, “nation and nutrition are inextricably linked; if a country is to progress, its population must be healthy.”
He stated that the government is aiming to ensure everyone’s health security through initiatives like as health and wellness centres and district hospital strengthening as part of the national health goal.
Mandaviya also felicitated 11 winning smart cities of the EatSmart Cities Challenge to encourage them to establish and implement a plan that supports a healthy, safe, and sustainable food environment through adoption of various Eat Right India programmes.
The minister also unveiled the AyurvedaAahar logo, which incorporates the Ayurveda and Ahara initials, the first in Devanagri and the second in English, as well as five leaves representing the five elements of nature. Ayurvedic foods will be easier to identify with this emblem.
A document on Foodborne Disease Outbreak Investigation and Microbiological Process Control, as well as Sampling and Testing of Fish and Fishery Products, was also released by the ministry.