FSSAI launches ‘Project Dhoop’ to shift school assembly time to noon to make sure that maximum absorption of Vitamin D in students through natural sunlight


The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Monday launched ‘Project Dhoop’, an initiative aimed toward shifting the institution assembly time to noon to be sure maximum absorption of Vitamin D in students through natural sunlight.?The project was already released at National Bal Bhavan here, and saw participation of about 600 students from NCERT, NDMC and North MCD Schools.

FSSAI CEO Pawan Agarwal said the faculties across the country are already sent two advisories aking the theifs to hold daily assembly between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m..

“Project Dhoop’s Noon Assembly is definitely an innovative and efficient concept to ensure school students get adequate Vitamin D through sunlight, as well as opting to select foods like milk and edible oils which are fortified with Vitamins A and D,” he said.

The concerns among parents about assembly at noon could well be addressed properly, he added.

Agarwal also revealed that looking for fortified foods (with +F symbol) was a affordable and easy solution to address micronutrient deficiencies “without radical difference in behaviour or eating patterns”.

Both fortified milk and fortified edible oil at the moment are readily obtainable in the united states, he added.

The initiative is conceptualised by McCannHealth and maintained by Kwality (Ltd).

Studies demonstrate that more than 90 per-cent of kids across the nation were deficient in Vitamin D as you move the number ranged between 90-97 per-cent for college children in Delhi, said Kabir Basu Roy, Chief Marketing Officer of Kwality.

“It turned out this data that led us to fortify a number of products with Vitamin D together with other essential goodness,” a release quoted him as saying.