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FSSAI working on quality standards for imported food items

NEW DELHI: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) today said it is working on developing quality standards for imported products.

“We do have some standards to begin with but we need to take more steps in this regard to ensure the safety of food for consumption which comes from outside,” FSSAI Chairman K Chandramouli said today at an event here.

He was speaking at the FMCG summit organised by the Industry body Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham).

FSSAI, he added, is working on the standards with all the stakeholders including scientists, experts, industry officials and laboratories from the food business operators (FBOs), involved in import-export of food material.

To ensure that imported food items are accepted there is a need to set standards that are internationally minimum, he said.

“Our food exporters have to adhere to various stringent set of rules and regulations for exporting food, while we do not strain the same sort of stringency on imported food and thus it is imperative to evolve standards for domestically consumed food as we have been having a lackadaisical approach towards setting standards,” Chandramouli added.

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