The food authority has removed 28 FoSTaC training partners from the panel for not conducting any training since their empanelment. These training partners were requested to conduct at least 10 such training under the FoSTaC within 3 months from Jan 15, 2022.

The 28 training partners de-empanelled include 1. Burger King India Pvt Ltd, Maharashtra 2. Prabhodita Services India Pvt Ltd, Karnataka 3. Food Safety Solutions International, Kerala 4. Mind Genius Education Pvt Ltd, Maharashtra 5. Nalanda Educational Society, Telangana 6. ICAR-National Research Centre on Meat, Telangana 7. Samudayik Vikas Samiti, Uttar Pradesh 8. Department of Food Science and Technology, Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab 9. Halal Asia Services LLP, Tamilnadu 10. Karuppiah Pillai Theivanai Ammal Educational Trust, Tamilnadu 11. Health Foods & Dietary Supplements Association (HADSA), Maharashtra 12. EDUJOIN Training Foundation, New Delhi 13. National Institute of Education and Development, New Delhi 14. Manav Vikas Sanstha, Rajasthan 15. Anant Learning and Development Pvt Ltd, New Delhi 16. Ecolab Food Safety and Hygiene Solutions Pvt Ltd, Maharashtra 17. S.P. Mandali’s Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Maharashtra 18. Excellent Bio Research Solutions Pvt Ltd, Madhya Pradesh 19. Global SME DevNet Private Limited, Maharashtra 20. All India Institute of Local Self Government, Maharashtra 21. Alqama Education and Welfare Society, Maharashtra 22. SukShan Consultancy, New Delhi 23. Rojavanam College of Higher Education, New Delhi 24. AMK, Tamilnadu 25. Universal Health Foundation, New Delhi 26. Yum Restaurants India Private Ltd, Haryana 27. Chitransh Corion Marketing Pvt Ltd, Bihar and 28. Social Development for Communities Foundation, Uttarakhand.

In this regard, a statement by FSSAI says that it was noticed that during 3 months’ period none of the 28 training partners conducted any training programme, except Nalanda Educational Society, Telangana and Food Safety Solutions International, Kerala, which have conducted only one training.

“All the 28 TPs are, therefore, de-empanelled as FoSTaC TP with immediate effect,” reads the statement.

According to the FSSAI, FoSTaC is a participatory programme of training and capacity building, designed to enhance public awareness while simultaneously training food handlers across the value chain. Its success would rest on forging of partnerships amongst all stakeholders, since food safety has to be a shared responsibility.