Food regulator, FSSAI is planning to launch “rigorous” inspections on food companies to make sure that best standards are followed as part of its effort to build trust among people about the safety and quality of cooked or packaged products.
The CEO, Pawan Kumar Agarwal informed that the government will conduct surveys to check quality of many food products that are bring sold in the market. These surveys will also include quality checks for milk and dairy products.
Agarwal said at a CII conference on Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory summit, “Our mandate is to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption. We have taken initiative in last few years to create demand for such foods. Businesses will make it available only if consumer demands.” He also added that Indians are still not very confident about the quality and saftey of packaged or cooked food, and FSSAI is doing all this to gain confidence among people.
He also highlighted various initiatives being taken to create visibility of FSSAI, such as develop new ecosystem for training/audit of food safety officers; strengthen testing labs; and energise state enforcing agencies.
FSSAI would focus on creating a “culture of self-compliances” for food businesses as well as for labs and audit agencies.
Aggarwal said, “Food businesses now have to be geared up for rigorous inspection regime. We will also conduct surveys and huge surveillance to find out risk. We need to find problem area and make efforts to fix it, then only people’s trust can be build. ” The inspections would help in verifying whether food companies are complying with standards laid by it or not. Also, these surveys and inspections would help in generating robust data for the regulator.
The FSSAI is making efforts to create network of partnerships with scientific, research and academic institutions to fulfil its mandate.