Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is established to exercise the powers granted to, and to perform the functions assigned to, it under the Food Safety and Standards Act. It is called the Food Authority. The Food Authority is a body corporate, having perpetual succession and a seal with power to acquire, hold and dispose of property, both movable and immovable, and to contract and shall, by the said name, sue or be sued. The Head office of FSSAI is located at Delhi and other regional offices are located in other states.
In order to further boost, food safety culture in India, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has released a list of 10 new FSSAI initiatives. This was done to spread the knowledge of safe food in the home, schools, offices, eateries, religious places, railway stations etc.
This comes on the heels of the 10th anniversary of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. In order to commemorate it, FSSAI is taking up a more proactive role to remove negligence of food safety. It aims to integrate people of all age groups to come together and promote safe food.
The key initiatives set out by FSSAI are:
- FSSAI will provide a ‘green book’ for every household which will act as a manual specifying safe and healthy cooking practices at home. Thus, It will also create a website dedicated to the same
- It is preparing a list of unfavorable foods served in and around schools, including canteens and lunchboxes. Provisions are in progress to enforce stricter compliance of mid-day meal providers to obtain an FSSAI license.
- Canteens and cafeterias in offices must have a registration with a food regulator. The establishment should make sure that monthly inspection of a kitchen, water, and equipment is taking place.
- For religious places, FSSAI is helping religious places to implement the Food Safety and Management System (FSMS)
- It will be mandatory for food outlets to put up color-coded food safety display boards on the premises of the outlet. It has to include FSSAI license number, instruction for safety practices and food hygiene and a customer feedback form.
- Integration of food standards to avoid confusion, strengthening food testing labs, partnering with food companies to promote self-regulation among businesses are other key initiatives.
All these FSSAI initiatives are a part of the mechanism to revitalize the FSS act, which is already in process. It is a beginning of the bigger task ahead of the FSSAI, of building a collective approach for food safety in India.