The Food Safety & Standards Authority of India is taking steps to handle the industry during the lock-down period. FSSAI is preparing to face the numerous challenge that may come up in the post-lock-down world.
FSSAI is in contact with state food safety departments, and making proper arrangements to overcome the challenges. The plans include:
- Licensing on the online portal
- Establishing licensing helpline in each state with a dedicated number and email id
- Creating 24/7 complaint handling mechanism
- conduct only essential inspections
The FSSAI is emphasizing on upcoming food businesses and a way to support them in their journey. It has issued detailed guidelines on food safety and hygiene for food businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The apex food regulator has initiated a food training program for food handlers under its flagship Food Safety Training & Certification (FoSTaC) program.
FSSAI has contacted states/UTs giving instructions to undergo any such restriction imposed in their state policies and eliminate/alter those on par with FSSAI guidance. States/UTs have been instructed to follow a non-discriminatory approach while dealing with food businesses in the lock-down and even post-lock-down period.
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