Mr. Yudhvir Singh Malik has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. Mr. Malik is a 1983 batch officer of the Haryana Cadre and is presently serving as Additional Chief Secretary in the Haryana Government. His appointment has been confirmed by a senior official of the Health Ministry.
The present CEO Mr. DK Samantaray is likely to give over charge to Mr. Y. S. Malik after the Assembly elections in Haryana. Mr. YS Malik had been appointed in August and he would be the third CEO of FSSAI in the past two years. The biggest task for Mr. Malik would be to see that the licensing and registration of food business operators (FBOs) process gets completed at the earliest. The mammoth process has been going on for the past two years and has not yet seen completion.
FSSAI is a statutory body that works under the aegis of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and has been created to lay 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. FSSAI was established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. It handles all matters pertaining to food related issues in all ministries and departments of the government. FSSAI supervises food safety and promotes public health through its regulations.