In a landmark development that underscores a commitment to public health and well-being, 114 Indian railway stations have been awarded the 'Eat Right Station' certification. This initiative, spearheaded by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), marks a significant milestone in ensuring the availability of safe, hygienic, and nutritious food for millions of railway passengers across the country.
The Eat Right Station certification program recognizes stations that demonstrate exceptional adherence to strict food safety regulations established by FSSAI. By meticulously adhering to these standards, these stations set a new benchmark for excellence within the railway system. This initiative transcends merely ensuring food is edible; it empowers passengers to confidently make healthy choices while travelling, thereby fostering a culture of mindful consumption and overall well-being.
Kerala Takes the Lead
Kerala emerged as a champion in food safety, securing the highest number of certifications with 21 stations recognized for their exemplary practices. This includes prominent stations like Parappanangadi, Thalassery, Palakkad Junction, and Thiruvananthapuram Central. The state's dedication to providing healthy and hygienic food options for passengers serves as a commendable example for others to follow.
What Makes a Station 'Eat Right'?
To receive this recognition, railway stations must undergo a rigorous evaluation process conducted by independent auditors appointed by FSSAI. These auditors meticulously assess various aspects of food safety and hygiene, ensuring that the stations consistently meet a stringent set of standards.
From the quality of ingredients and hygiene practices to sanitation levels, water quality, pest control measures, and even training programs for staff, no detail is overlooked. Only stations demonstrating consistent compliance with all these criteria are deemed worthy of the coveted 'Eat Right Station' certification. This meticulous process ensures that passengers can rest assured knowing they are consuming safe, healthy, and hygienic food while travelling.
More Than Just a Label: A Nationwide Movement
The 'Eat Right Station' initiative is a crucial element of the larger 'Eat Right India' movement, a national campaign launched by FSSAI to transform the country's food system. This comprehensive initiative aims to promote safe, healthy, and sustainable food choices among citizens through various programs like the Eat Right Awards, Eat Right Melas, and the State Food Safety Index.
By empowering individuals to make informed dietary decisions and fostering a culture of food safety, the movement strives to create a healthier society for all.
Sustaining the Momentum, Beyond Certification
Receiving the 'Eat Right Station' certification is just the first step. To ensure long-term impact, continuous efforts are required from various stakeholders. Railway authorities need to implement robust monitoring systems and conduct regular inspections to maintain hygiene standards.
Caterers and food vendors must remain committed to using safe ingredients, adhering to proper food handling practices, and providing healthy menu options. Collaboration between FSSAI, railway administration, and food service providers is crucial to ensuring the program's success.
The 'Eat Right Station' initiative marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of India's railway network. With an increasing number of stations embracing the program's principles, passengers can look forward to a journey filled with not just delicious food, but also peace of mind knowing that their health and well-being are prioritized.
As the initiative expands to encompass more stations and food vendors, it promises to pave the way for a brighter future where safe and healthy food options become the norm for all railway passengers.