FSSAI i.e. Food Safety and Standard Authority of India is solely responsible for the Safety of Indians and for the maintenance of standards in terms of food. To ensure this, FSSAI has launched many schemes collectively known as FSSAI Initiatives.
Initiatives of FSSAI is one of the topics mentioned in the syllabus of FSSAI Role, Functions and Initiatives, the core subject of the FSSAI Exam. These initiatives are most important for FSSAI Exam and surely, ten to fifteen questions will come from this topic.
FSSAI Initiatives 2022-23
- Eat Right India
- Food safety Display Board (FSDB)
- Food Safety Training and Certification (FoSTaC)
- Safe and Nutritious Food (SNF)
- Jaivik Bharat
- Repurpose used Cooking Oil (RUCO)
- Codex Alimentarius CommissionNetwork of Professional of Food and Nutrition (NetProFaN)
- One Nation One Food Law
- Indian Food Laboratory network (infoLnet)
Eat Right India
“Eat Right India” adopts a judicious mix of regulatory, capacity building, collaborative, and empowerment approach to ensure that our food is good both for the people and the planet. Further, it builds on the collective action of all stakeholders. These are the government, food businesses, civil society, organizations, experts and professionals, development agencies, and citizens at large.
Launched in 2018
Tag Line: Sahi Bhojan Behtar Jeevan
Food Safety Display Board
As per FSS Regulations, to display an FSSAI license or registration in any food premises has been mandatory. But FSSAI LICENSE NUMBER is not displayed to consumers. so, to change the overall consumer perceptibility and to strengthen food safety, FSSAI has introduced Food Safety Display Boards (FSDBs) for various food businesses.
These are the informative board that primarily display food safety and hygiene practices to be followed by FBO in their establishment.
Food Safety Training and Certification (FoSTaC)
Food safety training and certification (FoSTaC) is a large-scale training Programme of food safety & standard authority of India initiated with the aim to spread education and raise awareness on the Food Safety & Standard Act, Rules & Regulation among food business operators.
Safe and Nutritious Food
FSSAI realizes that “if safe and wholesome food to every Indian citizen is to be ensured on a sustainable basis, then reliance only on traditional regulatory tools like standards, enforcement, and compliance would not suffice. so, they have to actively work towards Social and behavioural change”.
On this Philosophy, FSSAI started project SNF (safe and Nutritious Food) and adopts a 360-degree approach for citizen guidance and behavioural change in every sphere like at home, school, workplace, or eating out.
the Food Safety and standards authority of India (FSSAI) in 2017 launched the food safety and standards (Organic Food) Regulations 2017, along with the “Jaivik Bharat” logo and the Indian Organic Integrity Database Portal.
It is a symbol of authenticity and trust, a unified logo for organic foods.
Repurpose Used Cooking Oil (RUCO)
FSSAI launched Repurpose Used Cooking Oil (RUCO) to enable the collection and conversion of used cooking oil to biodiesel. it includes: Authorization mechanism of biodiesel processors, Setting up of supply chain for collection of UCO, Provisional certification for aggregators by biodiesel processor.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) is an international food standards body established jointly by the food and agriculture organization (FAO) and the world health Organization (WHO) in May 1963 with the objective of protecting consumers’ health and ensuring fair practices in food trade.
FSSAI has taken this initiative, BHOG (Blissful Hygienic Offering to God) to promote good hygiene practices in the places of worship where in India and includes mandatory registration or licensing (as the case may be) of all places of worship where food is prepared and served under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and various Regulations made thereunder.
Such places of worship need to follow a proper “Food Safety Management System” (FSMS) for food preparation and services. FSMS would include standardized ‘Prasad’ ingredients and manufacturing process to improve shelf-life, self-audit to ensure that ingredients are safe, have a rotational system for food stock to ensure first in first out or first-expiring-first-out; strengthens documentation and record-keeping so that the stocks can be traced.
This would also include training of food vendors and food handlers in good hygiene practices, personal hygiene and use of protective clothing, such as aprons, gloves etc.
One Nation One Food Law
To ensure transparency, consistency and predictability of the business environment, the food regulatory ecosystem has to be based on the principle of One Nation, One Food Law. This requires two things- a nationwide law plus consistent implementation of this law in every part of the country. A uniform national law, the Food Safety and Standards Act, is now in place. However, despite a single nationwide Act, implementation across individual states and UTs remains fragmented and inconsistent, which has been an area of deep concern.
The reason behind fragmented implementation across individual states and UTs can be traced largely to legacy issues. The Food Safety and Standards Act was enacted in 2006 by consolidating 9 existing food safety legislations spread across numerous Ministries and Departments. The FSS Act marked a paradigm shift in policy, moving from mere prevention of adulteration to a more holistic approach of ensuring safe and wholesome food.
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INFoLNET is a web-enabled system connecting all the food laboratories in the country to build a repository of lab test reports. It gives access to FSSAI as well as non-fssai approved laboratories to publish their test reports online for all types of samples namely compliance, surveillance, enforcement, import & citizen in real-time so that this information is readily available to FSSAI for their verification and analysis. It has online as well as offline versions and caters to mobile labs also.