FSSAI to introduce web-based system for food inspection

On standard food practices, he said the FSSAI is far behind but it is working with food professionals to develop food safety management practice.
On standard food practices, he said the FSSAI is far behind but it is working with food professionals to develop food safety management practice.

Food regulator FSSAI will soon introduce a technology-based system to ensure that food safety inspection and sampling are conducted in a transparent and objective manner, its CEO Pawan Agarwal said today.

Addressing a FICCI conference on retail, FMCG and e- commerce, he said the regulator is modernising food testing labs as part of its efforts to ensure safe and hygienic food is made available to the people.

Agarwal said the enforcement of food safety law is done by states and there are no food inspectors in the central agency.

“We recently held a meeting with states’ food commissioners. We are introducing a new food safety inspection and sampling system using web-based approach. This will ensure that inspection and sampling is done in a transparent and objective manner,” he said.

Agarwal said many food businesses face challenges at the field level with enforcement agencies and therefore there is a need to adopt transparent inspection system.

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