FSSAI Current Affairs - 2019
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Union Government has appointed former IAS officer Ashish Bahuguna as the chairman of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
He will have tenure of three years. He is an IAS officer 1978 batch of Rajasthan cadre and had retired in February 2015. Prior to retirement, he was Agriculture Secretary.
The position of chairman of FSSAI was lying vacant since January 2015 after the tenure of then chairman K Chandramouli ended. During this vacancy, Health Secretary Bhanu Pratap Sharma was temporarily in-charge of the post.
About Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
- FSSAI is a nodal statutory agency responsible for protecting and promoting public health in India through the regulation and supervision of food safety.
- FSSAI was established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and operates under aegis of Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
- Functions: FSSAI has been established to lay down science based standards for various food products in order ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.
- It also regulates the manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import of food products for human consumption.
- Structure: It is led by a non-executive Chairperson. The executive head of FSSAI is the Chief Executive Officer.
- Headquarters: New Delhi. It also has 8 regional offices located in Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Cochin and Chennai It has 4 referral laboratories and 72 local laboratories located across India.
Nestle India’s MD Etienne Benet has step down from his post, he will be replaced by Nestle Philippines Chairman and CEO Suresh Narayanan.
Etienne Benet will be relocated to Nestle’s head office in Switzerland while Mr. Narayanan will take over from August 1.
About Suresh Narayanan:
Mr. Narayanan is a graduate of the Delhi School of Economics and has been associated with Nestle since 1999. He has also headed Nestle’s South Asia sales department and was market head for Nestle’s North-East Africa Region between 2005 and 2008.
Recently Company had to face disgrace as its Maggi instant noodles was banned by the Indian food regulator as in its product an elevated levels of lead and artificially-added monosodium glutamate were found in testing. To meet with the ruling of FSSAI and to lift its tainted product from market company had to spent 320 crore rupees.