With a four-star rating from FSSAI, Mumbai Central has been certified as an ‘Eat Right Station’ under the Eat Right India initiative. By Shrimayee Thakur
According to a press by FSSAI, the primary authority on food standards and certification in India, Mumbai Central has earned the distinct honour of being certified as India’s first Eat Right Station. FSSAI awarded the station a high rank with four stars. The certification was given on the basis of compliance with food safety and hygiene standards, availability of healthy food, food handling and preparation, transhipment and retail/serving point, food waste management, promotion of local and seasonal food, and creating awareness on food safety and healthy diet.
Food authority FSSAI, along with Western Railways (WR) and Indian Railways Catering Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has trained people in food handling, both in base kitchens as well as canteens. These trained professionals visited Mumbai Central station and inspected catering establishments there to rate and certify the standard of food being served.
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) devised the Eat Right India initiative in 2018. It was taken up by the Indian Railways as part of an effort to help passengers make healthy food choices. The two key foundations of the Eat Right India movement are Eat Healthy and Eat Safe, which aim to instill a desire in citizens to improve their health and well-being by eating right.
The movement is run by FSSAI and Indian Railways in conjunction, to ensure that both demand and supply-side interventions are through the engagement of key stakeholders. On the demand side, the focus is on encouraging behavioural and social changes in the customers, to help them make better food choices. While on the supply side, the focus is on encouraging those in the food industry to reinvent their products and impart more nutritional knowledge and assist customers in developing awareness in areas such as proper water disposal, hygiene maintenance and safe food practices.