FSSAI issues draft guidelines on working with the private sector

Oct 17, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on October 04, 2019, issues a draft guidelines on “Working with the private sector” with an objective of building a culture of self compliance and preventing food hazards across the food supply chain as it works with stakeholders including the private sector, both in food and non-food sector and industry associations.

The followings are the guidelines needs to be followed in addition to statutory or mandatory requirements while working or associating with private sector: -

1.Institutional Framework:

a)Food Authority and Central Advisory Council (CAC)

b)Scientific Committee, Scientific Panels and Working Groups

c)Standards Review Groups

d)Codex Shadow Committees

e)Technical Panels (TPs)

f)Method Review Groups (MRGs)

2.Food Testing laboratories

3.Training and Capacity Building includes training of Food Business Operators (FBOs), regulatory staff, laboratory personnel.

4.Third party Accreditation and Auditors to ensure food safety of the vast and extensive network of food businesses in India.

5.Association with specialized Centre established by industry or industry associations with an aim of developing a robust ecosystem for safe food and healthy and sustainable diets in the country.

6.Outreach and awareness

7.Food Safety Mitra is initiated to create an ecosystem for easily available and low cost services for assisting FBOs to comply with the regulatory requirement.

FSSAI invites for comments or feedback from stakeholders and public, if any, by October 25, 2019. The comments, if any, may be addressed to the Executive Director (Compliance Startegy), FSSAI, Food and Drug Administration Bhawan, Kotla Road, New Delhi-110002 or may be sent at [email protected] 



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