The Centre, with the 'Food Safety and Standards (Ayurveda Aahara) Regulations, 2022', has brought certain checks on Ayurveda Ahara, the food prepared in accordance with the recipes or ingredients or processes as described in the authoritative books of Ayurveda.
Among the important regulations is that the labeling cannot claim to cure or treat any human disease, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said.
This is applicable to food business operators who would be required to formulate Ayurveda Aahara in accordance with the categories and requirements as mentioned in the Regulations.
"However, this Ayurveda Aahara cannot be manufactured for infants up to 24 months age," said an official from FSSAI about the Regulations put out in public domain by way of a notification late on Sunday night.
The government also clarified that packed food items used in day to day life for dietary purposes, such as pulses, rice, floor or vegetables etc. shall not be covered under this.
The Regulations also mention specific labeling and demand the manufacturer to use only that with specifications such as intended purpose, target consumer group and/or recommended duration etc.
It mentions a list of 32 additive items that are permitted in the Ayurveda Aahara. These include Guar Arabic/Acacia Gum, Konjac Flour, Jaggery, Mollasses, Paprika/Paprika Extract/Paprika Oleoresin and Caramel plain among others.
There are 71 authoritative books mentioned as part of the regulation, which also mentions the categories of Ayurveda Aahara and regulatory requirements. The Regulations also mention permissible contaminants and its maximum limits.
Read More► AYUSH Summit Ends With 9kcr Investment Proposal
The first ever Global AYUSH Investment and Innovation Summit at Gandhinagar concluded with the AYUSH sector witnessing Letter of Intents of more than Rs 9,000 crore.
The investment proposals have come across major categories like FMCG, medical value travel and services, pharmaceuticals, technology and diagnostics, and farmers and agriculture.
"The investors and the entrepreneurs of the whole world have realised the comparative advantages which AYUSH is offering and its strengths," said Union Minister for AYUSH, Sarbananda Sonowal.
Speaking at the valedictory function, he added that the summit has been instrumental in developing an enabling framework to attract investments in the sector.
Sonowal said the investment and innovation opportunities in the field of AYUSH are limitless.
During the summit, an MoU was signed between the AYUSH Ministry and the Defence Ministry to start AYUSH facilities in more than 35 cantonment areas across India.
In total, more than 70 MoUs were signed between countries, research institutes, farmers groups and industry, said Ayush Ministry.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Sport and Youth Affairs and Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur said the market size of the AYUSH has witnessed a quantum jump from just over $3 billion in 2014 to $18 billion in 2022, clocking a phenomenal annual growth of 75 per cent.
The Union Minister expressed hope that the country will soon see many start-ups and businesses investing in this sector.
Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat was the chief guest at the valedictory session of the summit.
Minister of State (MoS) for Tourism, Shripad Yesso Naik and MoS for AYUSH, Mahendra Munjapara were also present during the function.
Read More► All-India Institute of Ayurveda Announces Winners of Ayush Master Chef Competition After Grand Finale in Gandhinagar
The All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) has announced the names of 18 winners of pan-India Ayush Master Chef Competition that was launched on March 31, 2022.
The winners have been selected out of 30 contestants, who battled it out in the finale round of the competition held at the Global Ayush Investment & Innovation Summit in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
Within a fortnight, over 200 contestants sent their entries for the competition, and 30 names were shortlisted after screening entries under different categories.
Under the theme 'Ahara for Poshan', the Master Chef Competition had six entry categories, namely, Cereal-based preparations, millets-based preparations, nuts/pulses-based preparations, fruits/vegetable-based preparations, dairy product-based preparations and Fusion.
The contest was aimed at making people aware about the nutritional value of our native ingredients and recipes and the entries were reviewed by an international jury.
From the final round, three winners have been selected in each of the six categories. A cash prize of Rs 1 lakh has been given to the winner, while Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000 have been given to the first runner-up and the second runner-up, respectively.
Sharing her views, Prof. (Dr.) Tanuja Manoj Nesari, Director, AIIA, said, "It is heartening to see such an overwhelming response from cooking enthusiasts across the country who sent us their innovative entries that bring out the true essence of India's ancient culinary treasures.
"The Ayush Chef Competition, launched by us in association with the National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN), Pune, and the Central Council for Research in Naturopathy, aims to make people aware of the nutritional value of our forgotten native ingredients and recipes by giving them a modern twist, and to assess the nutritional value of our new-age kitchen ingredients. We congratulate all the winners who eagerly participated in the final round and put their best foot forward to woo us all!"
Out of 203 entries received in six categories, 28 entries were from cereals, 47 from millets, 26 from nuts/pulses, 26 from fruits/vegetables, 10 from dairy products and 66 from the fusion category. Participation was seen from 15 states of India as well as abroad - Maharashtra (41), Gujarat (30), Karnataka (29), Tamil Nadu (23), Uttar Pradesh (23), Delhi (23), Uttar Pradesh (15), Uttarakhand (11), Madhya Pradesh (9), Kerala (5), Bihar (4), Odisha (2), Rajasthan (2), Goa (1), West Bengal (1) and Haryana (1). Two entries were received from France in French language with English subtitles.
Participants came from various professional categories, including Ayurveda practitioners, teaching staff, chefs, Unani practitioners, homemakers, dieticians, agriculturalists, engineers, pharmacists, filmmakers, stress management trainers, entrepreneurs, etc. Some students also participated.
Read More► Modi Announces Special Mark for Ayush Products
In line with the Government of India's vision to support start-ups in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi distributed awards to the winners of 'Ayush Start-up Challenge' organised by All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) in association with Start-up India.
The challenge was launched on February 4, 2022. The main aim of the Challenge is to encourage early-stage start-ups and individuals working on innovations in Ayurveda and other alternative healing and medicine systems.
There were three entry categories for participating in the challenge -- Ayush Food Innovations, Ayush Bio-instrumentation (Hardware solutions) and Ayush IT Solutions (Software solutions). There were two winners in each of the three categories with a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh for the winner and Rs 50,000 for the runner-up. Overall, there were six winners.
Under the 'Food Innovations in Ayush Sector: Ready to Eat Nutritious Ayurveda Ahara (Food)' category Ayur Foods won the first prize for developing Therapeutic Ayurveda Nutraceuticals. Priya Nitin Gokhale bagged the first prize in 'Ayush Bio-instrumentation (Hardware Solutions) and Innovations in Healthcare' category for Thermoregulator for sudation chamber.
Nadipulse Prognostics Private Limited grabbed the first for Nadiyantra-pulse diagnosis in 'Ayush IT Solutions in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) based solutions in Ayurveda Diagnostics, Virtual reality, Biosensors & Trackers'.
At the Global Ayush Investment & Innovation Summit 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the efforts of All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) in encouraging the growth of Ayush start-ups in the country and said: "There are immense opportunities for investment in the Ayush sector. The Ayush Ministry has been promoting the culture of traditional medicine start-ups and has received an encouraging response from the youth. The All India Institute of Ayurveda had organised the Ayush Start Up Challenge recently through its newly established incubation centre.
"The centre will offer technical know-how and expertise to budding entrepreneurs and startups to innovate and invest in Ayush systems. Since the beginning of this year, India has already seen 14 start-ups entering the unicorn club, and the day is not far when we will soon have a unicorn from the Ayush sector too."
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. (Dr.) Tanuja Manoj Nesari, Director, AIIA said, "I would like to congratulate all the winners of the Ayush Start-up Challenge. AIIA, being the apex body for Ayurveda in India, works under the guidance of the Ministry of Ayush and supports the growth of this sector in the country. Apart from identifying promising start-ups and rewarding them, we are also providing incubation support through guidance and skill development, which will go a long way in helping these start-ups realise their next phase of growth. Start-ups in India are growing at a phenomenal scale and Ayush could emerge as a leading sector for driving entrepreneurship and innovation."
The incubation support would entitle winners to tap into the vast knowledge and resource pool of AIIA across the three wings of the institute, namely research, academics, and hospital.
The 'Ayush Start-up Challenge' was open for participation from both early-stage start-ups as well as individuals as a group. A group of 3-5 individuals was allowed to participate in the programme.
Read More► Modi Announces Special Mark for Ayush Products
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced a special Ayush mark for Ayush products among many new initiatives for Ayush sector, on the occasion of Global Ayush Investment & Innovation Summit 2022.
The Prime Minister on Wednesday inaugurated the three-day Global Ayush Investment & Innovation Summit 2022 at Gandhinagar in the presence of the Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Ayush Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and others.
In his inaugural address, Modi said: "We are already witnessing unprecedented growth in the production of Ayush medicines, supplements and cosmetics. In 2014, where the Ayush sector was less than $3 billion, today it has increased to more than $18 billion. An unprecedented efforts has been made in the past years to promote the export of Ayush products."
Along with first being a special Ayush mark for Ayush products, Modi announced many other initiatives for Ayush sector. A new category named 'Ayush Aahar' was announced which will greatly facilitate the producers of herbal nutritional supplements.
Further, another major initiative for foreign nationals who want to come to India to take advantage of Ayush therapy was announced. India will soon introduce a special Ayush visa category.
Describing the current age of the era of unicorns, the Prime Minister informed that in the year 2022 itself, so far 14 start-ups from India have joined the Unicorn Club. "I am sure unicorns will emerge from our Ayush start-ups very soon", he stated.
Prime Minister also announced launch of Ayush Export Promotion Council and four Ayush ICT initiatives which includes Ayush Information Hub, AyuSoft, Ayush Next and Ayush GIS.
The Prime Minister also released a comic book named 'Professor Ayushman', which describes how Ayush systems and products helped in fighting not only Covid-19 but other diseases also.
Addressing the session, Tedros said that the Ayush sector is growing significantly by 17 per cent per year since 2014.
He said that Ayush industry is projected to reach $23 billion by the end of this year.
"We are exploring innovative study designs and the use of artificial intelligence to document the impact of traditional medicine practices, in cases when standard randomised trials are not possible or are difficult to undertake.
"Strengthening the evidence base of traditional medicine should facilitate its use by communities, to promote better health outcomes, economic benefits and overall impact," he added.
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Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday said that the need of the hour is to integrate our own indigenous medical systems like Ayurveda, Yoga with modern medical practices.
"There should be greater emphasis on research and innovation", he stated while inaugurating 62nd Foundation Day event of National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS), here.
Congratulating NAMS, Mandaviya expressed his appreciation at participation of over 20 eminent institutions in the event from across the country.
Lauding the academy for its contribution to the country's welfare, Mandaviya underlined that "this nation never had a shortage of manpower or brainpower. We only have to be self-confident".
He encouraged the audience to have the self-confidence to carry own indigenous research forward.
Speaking on the advancements in India's healthcare facilities which was witnessed recently during the Covid pandemic, the Minister stated that, "We not only developed the Covid-19 vaccine but also manufactured and exported them in a very short time. There were gloomy projections made on India's Covid management strategy but we were not only able to manage the pandemic well but also shared our best practices globally."
Mandaviya encouraged the Academy and researchers to collaborate with the private sector in research and innovation.
He also welcomed any suggestion from the audience for improving the health sector in India. He also released the book, "Journey of NAMS" and felicitated the Presidents of Academics and Associations present in the gathering.
Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Dr. S. K. Sarin, President, NAMS, Dr. R Dayal, vice president, NAMS and Dr. S.C. Gopal, ex-president, NAMS, among others, were present on the occasion.
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