- October 17, 2019
- Posted by: @webmaster
- Category: Current Affairs News
On the occasion of World Food Day, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched the ‘Food Safety Mitra Scheme’ with a focus to improve the ease of doing business. The Scheme is tipped to support small and medium scale food businesses in compliance to the food safety laws.
The scheme was launched by the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan on the lines of ‘Arogya Mitra’ which aims to strengthen The ‘Eat Right India’ Movement.
As per the statement given by FSSAI the scheme will lead to improved ease of doing business by creating a transparent and organized ecosystem supporting food businesses will be able to get trained service providers at fair prices, lowering the costs of compliance.
This scheme will also help in creating new employment opportunities for youth, particularly with food and nutrition background.
Under this scheme, a Food Safety Mitra (FSM) will be an individual professional certified by FSSAI who assists in compliances related to Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, Rules and Regulations with three forms i.e. Digital Mitra, Trainer Mitra and Hygiene Mitra depending upon their respective roles and responsibilities. Through FSM, FSSAI plans to engage motivated individuals with food safety ecosystem at the ground level.
The FSSAI has also been in talks with various states to implement the scheme effectively. In order to initiate the scheme, it has asked for the assistance of the Network of Professionals of Food and Nutrition in India chapters of the respective states.
It is estimated that through the FSM, more than 25 lakhs FBOs can be engaged by providing them services such as licensing, registration, hygiene rating and training. The scheme will create an ecosystem for capacity building besides generating employment. Around 50,000 entrepreneurs are expected to join the Food Safety Mitra scheme.
- Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
- It has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 which is a consolidating statute related to food safety and regulation in India.
- FSSAI is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.
- It is headed by a non-executive Chairperson, appointed by the Central Government, either holding or has held the position of not below the rank of Secretary to the Government of India.
- Rita Teotia is the current Chairperson for FSSAI and Pawan Kumar Agarwal is the current Chief Executive Officer for FSSAI. The FSSAI has its headquarters at New Delhi.