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India: Impact of FSSA on corporate groups & Canteen Management

The year 2011 would be marked in gold in the history of India, as the government finally decides to give due importance to the cause of general health and hygiene by way of ensuring food safety. The Food Safety & Standards Act (FSSA), 2006 will be implemented as a law with effect from August 5, 2011. A one-year compliance period was given, which ends on August 4, 2012.


What does a BPO (business process outsourcing) in Malad West and a corporate business park in Andheri East have in common? A cafeteria for its employees. This facility provided to the employees can become a business risk pretty soon.

In most of the cases, the food served at these places are catered by private companies or food business operators (FBO). Ensuring food safety and hygiene becomes all the more difficult under this outsourced business model. Because of the highly discounted pricing structure of the caterers, they have to operate on very thin profit margins.

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