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FSSAI releases State food safety index for 2019-20

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has released the results of the second State Food Safety Index to celebrate World Food Safety Day during a webinar. It was announced during a webinar conducted on the occasion of “World Food Safety Day” on June 7, 2020 on the theme “Food Safety is everyone’s business”. The celebration was dedicated to all those in the supply chain who have ensured the uninterrupted availability of safe food for everyone during this COVID-19 pandemic. FSSAI Chairperson Rita Teaotia and new CEO Arun Singhal were also present at the webinar.

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The State Food Safety Index ranks states on five parameters of food safety through a rigorous evaluation process every year. The parameters are:

  • Human Resources and Institutional Data,
  • Compliance
  • Food Testing Facility
  • Training
  • Capacity Building besides Consumer Empowerment.

Winners are distributed in three categories.

  1. Large state
  2. Small state
  3. Union Territories

Following is the list of winners:

Large States:

Rank Winner
1 Gujarat
2 Tamil Nadu
3 Maharashtra

Small States:

Rank Award
1 Goa
2 Manipur
3 Meghalaya

Union Territories (UTs)

Rank Award
1 Chandigarh
2 Delhi
3 Andaman Islands

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On this occasion, FSSAI also released an e-handbook on “Eat Right during COVID-19” for citizens. It highlights safe food practices to be followed diligently and tips on health and nutrition.

FSSAI has taken a series of steps to facilitate uninterrupted supply of safe food by the food industry during this pandemic. An updated detailed guidance note ‘Food Hygiene and Safety Guidelines for Food Businesses during Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic’ was released. This document specifies hygiene and sanitary requirements, responsibility of management and sector specific requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the food supply chain along with a section on ‘management of food establishments on identification of COVID-19 positive cases’. Food safety is a shared responsibility.

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The call to action for safe food on this Index:

  • Ensure it’s safe
  • Grow it safe
  • Keep it safe
  • Eat it safe
  • Team up for safety

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About Food Safety and Standards Authority of India:

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been established under Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 which consolidates various acts & orders that have hitherto handled food related issues in various Ministries and Departments. FSSAI has been created for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

The Act also aims to establish a single reference point for all matters relating to food safety and standards, by moving from multi- level, multi- departmental control to a single line of command. To this effect, the Act establishes an independent statutory Authority – the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India with head office at Delhi. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the State Food Safety Authorities shall enforce various provisions of the Act.

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