“FSSAI Gone Bigger and Better” -Shri Pawan Kumar Agarwal

Food Marketing & Technology-India vouched for the 5th Annual conference of the Indian Section of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL Partner in Food Science and Safety. Shri Pawan Kumar Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer, FSSAI addressed the seminar sharing the keynotes with the audience on the 28th of February, New Delhi. He congratulated Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) for achieving a bigger and better platform than before.

Shri Pawan proclaimed that the major challenges for FSSAI are not just to build an internal team, but also a strong team. He shared the success story of FSSAI with Dr N. Bhaskar, FSSAI, Advisor (QA), “Under the leadership of Dr Bhaskar, the regional work has been successful.”

The labs have been notified under the category of “Referral Lab Network”. FSSAI has increased the capacity food testing labs. The state labs with poor testing facilities would be ensured with better food safety facilities. “We are working with the state labs to improve the quality. We have supported 22 food labs”.

The second development of FSSAI is “Food Testing on wheels” and the concept of “mobile labs”. The concern is not just testing of food, but to spread awareness.

The third spotlight was “supporting the referral labs.” To understand the working, FSSAI supported the Central Food Technological Research Institute asked for equipment to test honey.

The focus areas are the pesticides, aflatoxins, and the MoU signed. The MoU will establish an international relationship with the FSSAI.FSSAI understands the need for analytical testing; “hence a Junior Analyst exam would be conducted to tackle food safety challenges.”

Shri Pawan Kumar Agarwal closed the remarks stating that “it is vital to maintaining the relationships using technology and designs outside FSSAI.”

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