FSSAI planning to launch risk management system for domestic market; to introduce one ‘Food Safety on Wheels’ vehicle in every district

India’s food regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)  is planning to develop a risk management system for the domestic sector similar to the system already in place for imported products for sampling and inspection. This will include the product details, manufacturer profile, compliance reports to reduce the incidence of unnecessary inspection by food and safety inspectors.

FSSAI has also been focusing on rapid food testing kits. “We are among the very few countries in the world to start the concept of mobile food testing labs and we have the concept of Food Safety on Wheels,” Arun Singhal, CEO, FSSAI noted. FSSAI plans to introduce one “Food Safety on Wheels” vehicle in every district of the country.

Addressing the virtual ‘India Food & Nutrition Innovation Summit 2021’, organized by FICCI & Thinking Forks Consulting,  Arun Singhal, CEO, FSSAI  emphasized the use of technology. “Our IT platforms are robust, and we have gone for ease of doing business on these platforms. We are now coming out with the concept of ‘Perpetual License’ so that no renewal of license would be necessary for the industry,” he added.

Mr Singhal further added that one of the biggest innovations by FSSAI was the launch of ‘Eat Right India’ campaign through which consumers would get all information regarding healthy food. “From next year January consumers while visiting the restaurant, will find the menu card to have the serving size along with the calorific information of the serving as well. We are soon coming out with the Vegan logo. There is a small class of people growing in numbers who are vegans and there was no certification available for vegan foods. We have also come out with a regulation for AYUSH aahar as well,” he added.

Mr Singhal while emphasizing on the innovation and opportunities in the sector said that the scope for industry is humungous including the innovations in primary production and post-harvest management. “There could be innovations in food waste management, food packaging technology and packaged food with lower carbon footprint e.g., alternate proteins.  We should also use block chains, IoT, real time monitoring, end-to-end traceability technologies,” he added.

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