India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) has agreed to initiate a food business training program to address the needs of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Covid-19 precautionary training will be provided through the Food Safety Training & Certification (FoSTaC) system portal, which aims to empower and equip food businesses to operate and reduce the risk of infection.
In a statement here, the apex food regulator said, “FSSAI has launched a food business training program under FoSTaC in which the training will be conducted online through the empanelled training partners. Food companies can visit www.fostac.fssai.gov.in or directly link to the FoSTaC training partners for this certification programme.
Further, the training program provides for all stakeholders in the food ecosystem, including producers, packagers, transporters, retailers and food supply partners and aggregators, although it is desirable that agencies, NGOs serving food in places like language and community kitchens should also train their food handlers forCovid-19 precautionary steps, reads FSSAI’s statement.
Experts fear thatCovid-19 poses a significant problem for the worldwide food supply chains. The challenge is to ensure continuous food supply to consumers while minimizing Covid-19 ‘s risk to the staff, customers and all food supply chain participants.
Ashwin Bhadri, CEO of Equinox Labs, says, “This step by FSSAI hits the spot in ensuring food safety and hygiene amidst the Covid-19 outbreak. Having trained thousands of food handlers over the past few years, I can assure you that primary food handlers stand at the core when it comes to establishing food safety. Ensuring that they are suitably trained and educated about all the preventive measures is going to guarantee the food industry all the help it needs to mitigate any Covid related challenges.”
Also prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, FSSAI had released comprehensive guidelines for food sector.
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