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30 per cent of food industry ignorant about safety issue

By A Staff Reporter

A FICCI survey on the challenges faced by the food industry and expectations from the regulatory authorities reveals that that 30 per cent of the respondents, mainly the food industry, that needs to mandatorily implement the Act, are unaware of the existence of the Food Safety and Standards Act and its rules. This calls for conducting more capacity building programs and in-depth training programs to enable smoother transition from the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act (PFA) to FSSA.

The Survey shows that 75 per cent of the respondents feel that there should be harmonization of Indian food regulations with internationally accepted standards to meet consumer aspiration of safe and healthy food at par with global standards and regulating and facilitating food trade by ensuring level playing field for all stakeholders inclusive of the entire food supply chain. About 17 per cent of the respondents suggested selective harmonization with internationally accepted standards. Respondents in this category were of the view that harmonization at horizontal level including labeling, food additives, and food category system are enabling and straightforward.

However, sectoral standards may need review and adjustment to Indian conditions, wherever necessary. About 8 per cent of the respondents were not sure or did not believe in harmonization.