The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a government body of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It protects and promotes health by monitoring the food standards in India. With many controversies and cases of deteriorating quality, it now plans to work in tandem with the central and state government agencies, universities, colleges and non-government organizations to spread awareness about safety and other related issues across the country.
Lack of awareness on food safety
The FSSAI has been under watch for poor implementation of norms and lack of awareness about safety issues. According to FSS Act 2006, the priorities of the FSSAI include laying down science-based standards and regulating the manufacture, storage, distribution, sale, export and import to ensure availability of safe and wholesome edible products for human consumption.
“Awareness level about food safety in the country is extremely low. The consumers need to be educated and hence the association with several organizations,” said an officer at the FSSAI. The organizations will inform, educate and communicate on behalf of the authority, the FSSAI said in a recent notice.
State level proposals on spreading safety awareness
The authority has also directed the states to submit state-level proposals for spreading awareness for each state to the state food safety commissioners, some of which could be considered for implementation across the nation. Due to the recent developments coming to light, it is evident that public health is now given top-notch priority. Whether or not this works, is yet to be seen.
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Source: Business standard