FSSAI to introduce risk management system to cut down on inspections in the domestic market

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Chief Executive Officer Arun Singhal on Wednesday said the regulator is planning to develop a risk management system for the domestic sector, which is already in place for imported products for sampling and inspection. is present. . This will include product descriptions, manufacturer profiles and compliance reports to reduce the incidence of unnecessary inspections by food and safety inspectors.

Addressing the virtual ‘India Food and Nutrition Innovation Summit 2021’ organized by FICCI and Thinking Forks Consulting in association with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Singhal said that FSSAI is adopting technology and all activities on a large scale. . are online today. “Our IT platforms are strong, and we have gone for ease of doing business on these platforms. Now we are coming up with the concept of ‘perpetual licence’ so that no renewal is required for the industry.”

Singhal said that one of the biggest innovations by FSSAI was the launch of ‘Eat Right India’ campaign, through which consumers will get all the information about healthy food. “From next January, consumers will get a menu card with the serving size as well as the calorie information of the serving, while visiting a restaurant. We are coming soon with vegetarian logo. Increasingly there is a small segment of people who are vegetarian and no certification was available for vegetarian food items. We have also come up with a rule for AYUSH diet.”

He highlighted that FSSAI is focusing on rapid food testing kits. “We are one of the very few countries in the world to introduce the concept of mobile food testing laboratories and we have the concept of Food Safety on Wheels,” he said.

Manoj Joshi, Special Secretary, MoFPI, Government of India, said that with the announcement of the PLI scheme in the last few months, the ministry has created a window for innovative and organic products, which has attracted a lot of attention from innovators. “One area of ​​concern under the PLI scheme involves millet, which needs attention as there are very few millet based products in the market. Innovation in IT, logistics, warehousing and primary processing from industry are the areas where government support is needed and government should come wherever there is a market failure.”

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