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Question: Recently a scientific panel on food fortification and nutrition has been set up by …
(b) Ministry of Consumers Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
(c) Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
(d) None of the above.
- According to press release dated 14th February, 2017, Food regulator FSSAI has set up a scientific panel to frame final regulations on fortification of foods and prepare strategies to address malnutrition problem.
- The panel has 11 experts and scientists — Ambrish Mithal from Medanta; CS Pandav and R K Marwaha (Retd) from AIIMS; Anura Kurpad from St John’s Medical College; Yogeshwar Shukla from CSIR – Indian Institute of Toxicilogy Research, HPS Sachdev from Sita Ram Bharatia Institute of Science and Research; KM Nair from NIN; P Ramachandran from Nutrition Foundation of India; Sumit Arora from NDRI; Sirimavo Nair from the MS University, Baroda, and Harsulkar from Bharati Vidyapeeth.
- The Panel will identify critical nutritional gaps in the Indian diet in general as well as in specific target groups based on diet surveys and credible scientific evidence.
- The panel will also address regulatory and related technological issues, review proposals from industry using modern risk assessment methods and prescribe standard sampling and test methods for effective monitoring, surveillance and enforcement of the relevant regulations.
- The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has already issued the draft guidelines on fortification for five food items — salt, milk, wheat flour, rice and edible oil — to boost production and consumption of fortified foods.
- The draft rules were operationalised in October even as FSSAI sought comments from stakeholders before finalising the final regulations.
- Standards have been set for fortification of salt with iodine and iron; of vegetable oil and milk with vitamin A and D; wheat flour and rice with iron, folic acid, zinc, vitamin B12, vitamin A and some other micro nutrients
- Fortification is the addition of key vitamins and minerals such as iron, iodine, zinc, Vitamin A & D to staple foods such as rice, milk and salt to improve their nutritional content. These nutrients may or may not have been originally present in the food before processing.
Question: United Nations unanimously accepted to observe International Yoga Day on …
(a) 21st June
(b) 6th May
(c) 15th April
(d) 22nd July
- Two-day International Symposium on Medicinal and Aromatic plants of India was inaugurated on 19th January, 2017 by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh and MoS Agriculture Shri Parshottam Rupala.
- While emphasizing on indigenous research based on Indian conditions, Dr Jitendra Singh called for change of mindset, so that those who choose to become practitioners of Indian medicine should do so by aptitude and interest.
- India is the fountain- head and original birth-place of all the aromatic and medicinal plants, however in the last few decades most of the research on the Indian medicinal plants was conducted in other countries and not in India.
- Dr Jitendra Singh also said that the North East region of India has huge potential for the organic products which have huge health benefits. This unexplored potential needs to be explored.
- Ministry of Agriculture will evolve a more comprehensive plan to promote medicinal plants and herbs and will also try to take the experts on board.