What is FSSAI?

FSSAI is the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

It was established in 2008 and is responsible for formulating standards for food items, regulating their manufacture and distribution, as well as monitoring their compliance with the standards.

The FSSAI website provides information about the food items that are regulated by it, such as milk products, bread, eggs, poultry and meat products. It also provides information on the various types of adulteration that can be found in these food items.

FSSAI is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.

FSSAI Office Location in India

Head office at New Delhi- Northern Region
Regional Office at Kolkata – Eastern Region
Regional Office at Mumbai- Western region
Regional Office at Chennai – Southern Region

FSSAI’s Role in Safeguarding Food Safety in India

FSSAI is the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. It was established in 2008 under the Food Safety and Standards Act, of 2006.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India is the Administrative Ministry of FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.)

The FSSAI consists of a chairperson & 22 members.

Regional Directors manage the Respective Regional Office.

FSSAI has been mandated by the FSS Act, 2006 for performing the following functions:

  • Framing of Regulations to lay down the Standards and guidelines in relation to articles of food and specifying appropriate system of enforcing various standards thus notified.
  • Laying down mechanisms and guidelines for accreditation of certification bodies engaged in the certification of food safety management systems for food businesses.
  • Laying down procedures and guidelines for accreditation of laboratories and notification of the accredited laboratories.
  • To provide scientific advice and technical support to the Central Government and State Governments in the matters of framing the policy and rules in areas which have a direct or indirect bearing on food safety and nutrition.
  • Collect and collate data regarding food consumption, incidence and prevalence of biological risk, contaminants in food, residues of various, contaminants in foods products, identification of emerging risks and introduction of the rapid alert system.
  • Creating an information network across the country so that the public, consumers, Panchayats etc receive rapid, reliable and objective information about food safety and issues of concern.
  • Provide training programmes for persons who are involved or intend to get involved in food businesses.
  • Contribute to the development of international technical standards for food, sanitary and phytosanitary standards.
  • Promote general awareness about food safety and food standards.

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