FSSAI has a knack of improvising and innovating with the amendments, to continuously enhance the Indian Food Safety Standards. However, needless to say, there are chances of any FBO or consumer overlooking an important notification.
We hope you liked our last week’s update. 4 New updates have made the headlines last week and here are the follows:
1. Mandating the compliance with the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, the traders which deal with any part of Food Business, are now asked to compulsorily obtain either registration or license from the Food Safety Dept. An overall poor response has been seen from the FBOs for obtaining licenses/registrations.
Food Traders can prove to be major loopholes as far as food safety and quality is concerned. It is important that their facilities and their business obtain registration or license. The Act for the same was enforced long ago; however, the process only got into speed in the last fiscal year. In the South, only one-third of the Food Businesses have a registered license, which is why it is important for stringent inspections.
2. In an attempt towards improved nutrition for all, FSSAI has started putting together all the challenges that are faced in food fortification. Delayed fortification of Wheat flour, Rice and double fortification of salt are major hurdles today. As of now, single fortified salt, oil, and milk are used extensively.
Fortification is the growing need for consumers who have many micronutrients deprived of their diet. Iodine, Vitamins, and other elements usually fall short in the daily consumption. However, many challenges are faced today by FSSAI and Food Business Operators with respect to the fortification programme. Salt, oil and milk fortification process worked easily, however, the fortification of rice, wheat and double fortification of salt has been a major hurdle. Fortified staples is seen as the new way to help the poor with basic nutrients.
3. The recently implemented FoSTaC programme from FSSAI is a move to train all food businesses for ensuring improved food standards across the nation. It is mandated for all FBOs to have one Food Safety Supervisor trained under the FoSTaC programme.
Started in August 2017, FoSTaC programme is a revolutionary step towards a uniformed training and enhancing the food standards. FSSAI CEO Mr. Pawan Agarwal plans to reach out to five to six lakh food businesses in the coming 2 years. The idea was to make this mandatory and certify Food Handlers, which in turn would train their respective staff members. 19 such courses have been developed, the duration of which can be anywhere from one day to three days.
4. If you are using containers made of tin for packing edible oils and fats, this new notification is important. Tin plates used shall conform to the standards of excellent quality mentioned in B.I.S Standards No. 1993 or 13955 or 9025 or 13954. The standards vary for tin containers.
Latest notification to hit the market is that of the tin plate and the tin can material’s standard quality. Separate specifications are now in place for both tin containers (B.I.S Standards No. 10325 or 10339) and tin plates (B.I.S Standards No. 1993 or 13955 or 9025 or 13954). Also, tin plates used for preparing containers for any other articles should confirm to B.I.S Standards IS 1993/ISO 11949 (Cold reduced electrolytic tinplate).
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