Network of consumer organizations for food and nutrition

Dec 17, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Commercial Compliance

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on December 13, 2019, has decided to get food testing done through the consumer organizations called the Network of Consumer Organisations for Food Safety and Nutrition (NetCOFaN). FSSAI has authorized credible voluntary consumer organizations (VCOs) to assist consumers in getting food tests done and the reimbursement of testing fees in such cases will be done even if the consumer sample does not fail.

This network will initially work in three specific areas, namely – 

1. awareness and training, 

2. mobilization of small and petty food businesses for various schemes, and 

3. food testing and surveillance.

FSSAI has large volume of high quality content on food safety and nutrition. The VCOs will play an important role in food testing and surveillance activities. The VCOs with their ground level connect will use this content for awareness and training programmes by translating and adapting it to the local conditions. The on-ground presence of VCOs will help reach the messages to local areas across the country. The support of VCOs will also be taken to mobilize small and petty food businesses to participate in hygiene rating, cluster certification and food safety training and certification (FoSTaC) programmes.


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