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FSSAI State food safety index for 2019-20 released during webinar; Gujarat, Goa, Chandigarh topped

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FSSAI food safety index for 2019-20The 2nd State Food Safety Index (SFSI) for 2019-20 of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been topped by Gujarat among larger states and by Goa among smaller states. It was announced during a webinar conducted on the occasion of “World Food Safety Day” on June 7, 2020 on the theme “Food Safety is everyone’s business”.

  • This webinar has recognized all those who ensured uninterrupted availability of safe food for everyone during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The State Food Safety Index ranks states on five parameters.The parameters are Human Resources and Institutional Data, Compliance, Food Testing Facility, Training and Capacity Building besides Consumer Empowerment. Following is the list of winners:
Rank Winner
Large States
1 Gujarat
2 Tamil Nadu
3 Maharashtra
Small States
1 Goa
2 Manipur
3 Meghalaya
Union Territories (UTs)
1 Chandigarh
2 Delhi
3 Andaman Islands

Key Points:

-FSSAI also released an e-handbook on “Eat Right during COVID-19” for citizens. It highlights safe food practices to be followed diligently and tips on health and nutrition. It is available at https://fssai.gov.in/cms/coronavirus.php.

-Earlier, FSSAI released the guidance note ‘Food Hygiene and Safety Guidelines for Food Businesses during Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic’ specifying hygiene and sanitary requirements, responsibility of management and sector specific requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the food supply chain

Participants:

The webinar was attended by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare; Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare; and Preeti Sudan, Secretary, MoHFW. Dignitaries from the Health Ministry, senior officials from the State Food Safety departments, professionals in food and nutrition, development agencies, food businesses and various partners also joined this celebration online.
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About FSSAI:

Chairperson– Ms Rita Teaotia
CEO – Arun Singhal
Chatbot– Food Funda
Headquarter– New Delhi