FSSAI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 01 October, 2021 with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI). Shri Arun Singhal, IAS, CEO FSSAI and Shri Manoj Joshi, IAS, Special Secretary, MoFPI exchanged the MoUs.
This MoU will enable FSSAI to support the Micro Level Food Entrepreneurs, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Producers Cooperatives to improve the standard of their food businesses. This MoU has been signed as part of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan and is a step towards helping micro, small and medium enterprises improve the quality of their food products so they can become competitive.
According to a press release by the Apex Food Regulator, the FSSAI and MoFPI will collaborate in two important areas of food safety which are as follows:
- Food Safety Training: Food handlers of micro level food processing units will be provided food safety training so they can have a deeper understanding of good hygiene and good manufacturing practices, food testing process and other regulatory requirements. On successful completion of the training, food handlers will be provided ‘Food Safety Supervisor’ certificate by the FSSAI.
- Registration and License of the Micro Enterprises: FSSAI and MoFPI would provide support to the micro enterprises towards obtaining FSSAI license and registration.
About Food Safety
Food safety standards are designed to facilitate compliance with food safety not only for the domestic consumers but also for global markets so that food products can be accepted internationally. FSSAI is therefore, creating an ecosystem of food safety and trying to ensure that all food businesses are registered and licensed. Food Safety Training is another area that will help food handlers provide safe and quality food as they will have an increased understanding of good hygiene practices. For this reason, the FSSIA has also initiated food safety and hygiene in institutions such as schools, colleges and even corporate campuses. FSSAI is also encouraging all food businesses and food professionals to undertake food safety training so that their manufacturing processes and food preparation are aligned to all food safety regulatory compliances.