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=> On the occasion of World Food Day on June 7, 2022, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya released the 4th State Food Safety Index (SFSI) of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), in which Uttar Pradesh has been ranked 8th.
=> Mandaviya launched various innovative initiatives including The Eat Right Research Awards and Grants Phase-II, Eat Right Creativity Challenge Phase-III, a competition at the school level by FSSAI.
=> Tamil Nadu topped the Food Security Index, 2021-22 among 17 large states with 82 points, while Gujarat is second with 77.5 points and Maharashtra is third with 70 points.
=> Uttar Pradesh and Odisha are jointly ranked 5th in the category of big states with 54.5 points.
=> Among the smaller states, Goa retained its top ranking, while Manipur and Sikkim secured the second and third positions.
=> Among the Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Chandigarh secured the top three ranks.
=> It may be recalled that the states have been assessed on five parameters of food security - human resources and institutional data, compliance, food testing facilities, training and capacity building and consumer empowerment.
=> The Food Security Index, launched in 2018-19, was aimed at bringing about a competitive and positive change in the food security ecosystem in the country.
=> The move was also taken to motivate the states and Union Territories to work towards ensuring safe food for citizens.
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