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FDA’s New Year resolution: Get eateries to toe food safety law

As the countdown to 2012 begins in December, restaurants and pubs in the city are in for an inspection for food safety. The state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) department will be examining the eateries across the cities just a month before New Year’s eve.

After issuing notices to bars and restaurants to comply with the new Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006, the FDA has deployed teams across the state to check the hygiene levels in haunts both popular and obscure.

“This year we will take stringent action against eateries that fail to comply with the amended FSS Act. We are giving them a month’s notice so that they get enough time to adopt the new law. Hygiene and food safety will be our priority,” said Suresh Deshmukh, assistant commissioner (food).

Source: Mid Day

The Expert’s Thought: Its an Excellent step taken by FDA. I think Hygiene doesn’t need any obligation. Its rather a responsibility of every person to maintain decent Hygiene. Nevertheless, for Professionals from Food Industry, it is must.

CII Recommends Actionable Agenda for Effective Implementation

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) calls for effective implementation of food safety and standards regulations under the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Multiple agencies specifying mandatory requirements for food products need to be looked into with focus on harmonizing inter-ministerial standards, says a CII press release. This would cut down the current operational and compliance complexities faced by the industry.

“The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India seeks to introduce a paradigm shift in the food regulatory environment in the country, bringing India at par with international regulations. While the new rules and regulations are welcome step, there is need to address several challenges that are likely to hamper its effective implementation,” said Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII.

The FSSAI has recently notified the Food Safety and Standards Rules and Regulations, 2011, which brings into force a new set of requirements for compliance by the food industry.

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The Expert’s Thought: The new FSSAI law is supposed to life guard for the Food Industry. However, effective implementation in all parts of country is a mere doubt.

IGNOU, FSSAI to organise two days workshop

New Delhi: The Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (IGNOU’s) School of Agriculture (SOA) and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is organizing a two days workshop on development of educational framework for human resource in food safety sector at FSSAI, FDA Bhawan, Kotla Road, 4th Floor, Conference Hall, New Delhi on 3rd and 4th November 2011.

“The main focus of the workshop will be to discuss on the issues for meeting the human resource requirement of the food safety sector for the next 10 years so as to ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food to the consumers. The objective of the workshop is framing the structure and modalities to develop food safety professionals who will be competent in planning, developing and implementation of food safety and quality management aspects at national level,” said Prof. M.K. Salooja, Director, SOA, IGNOU.

Experts from educational institutions, private organisations involved in food business, government functionaries, food industry and laboratories will be participating in the workshop. The recommendations will help to develop appropriate training and educational programmes for different stakeholders in the food chain namely – food handlers, food auditors and food analysts.

Source: Indian Education Diary

The Expert’s Thought: Such workshops would help Government to work on its Food Safety plan effectively. We appreciate such workshops and would look for such programs in other parts of City.This workshop really deserves a 3- tier laudibility. To know about Equinox Labs “Hygiene for Kitchen” Workshop click here.