FSSAI Current Affairs - 2019

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India-Afghanistan: Cabinet approves Cooperation Arrangement in food safety and related areas

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved signing of Cooperation Arrangement between India and Afghanistan for cooperation in the field of food safety and related areas. The agreement will be singed between Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW) and Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock (MAIL), Afghanistan.

Key Facts

The cooperation arrangement will facilitate information sharing training and capacity building measure between both countries. It will help learning from each others best practice to improve food safety ecosystem. The areas of cooperation under the agreement includes

  • Establish mechanism of information exchange and communication.
  • Facilitate organization of joint seminars, workshops, visits, lectures, training programme, etc.
  • Facilitate technical exchange on identified topics of interest especially about import procedures, quality control operations, sampling, testing, packaging and labelling.
  • Other areas of interest to participants within their responsibilities as they may mutually determine.

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FSSAI issues detailed guidelines on recall of food products

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has set guidelines for process to recall food products from markets if found unsafe.

The guidelines puts onus of implementing any recall on manufacturers and distributors. It has asked companies to put in place a proper plan to recall food products from markets, if found unsafe.

Key Facts

The purpose of such guidelines is to help food business operators to frame a proper recall plan and implement them when situation demands. According to it, recall can be defined as action to remove food products from market at any stage of food chain, including that possessed by consumer, which may pose threat to public health or food that violate Food Safety Act.

Food recalls are appropriate method for removing or correcting marketed food products and their labelling that violate laws administered by regulatory authority. Under the guidelines, FSSAI may review the license of concerned food company if the recall is related to serious health issues.

The recovered product must be stored in area which is separated from any other food product. Accurate records must be kept of amount of recovered product and the batch codes of the product recovered. Companies, which have produced unsafe products should take steps so that need for such recalls do not arise again in future.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

FSSAI is a nodal statutory agency responsible for protecting and promoting public health in India through regulation and supervision of food safety. It was established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and operates under aegis of Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

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