NEW DELHI: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is taking a stern view of any adulteration or lapse in hygiene in the food business. At a summit on Monday, its chief executive, Pawan Kumar Agarwal, said, “We will amend regulations to make it mandatory for food business operators to have at least one person trained in food safety.”
FSSAI also launched a food safety training and certification programme (FoSTaC), which has 19 short courses — from basic to advanced and specialised courses for street food vendors, restaurants chefs, caterers, food business operators as well as the general public.
The regulator unveiled a food smart consumer portal for registering grievances in order to strengthen its redressal system, along with releasing a guidance document for food handlers and regulatory staff. FSSAI has created safe and nutritious food mascots — Master and Miss Sehat —superheroes who spread awareness among children.
FSSAI will soon come out with new regulations relating to labelling of packaged food products and incorporate the expert panel’s suggestions for reducing consumption of fat, sugar and salt.