FSSAI will be examining more milk test samples and increase enforcement activities to ensure availability of safe food to people
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently conducted survey on milk and the regulatory authority will be conducting surveillance across all the food categories, according to the CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal. Furthermore, authority assured that food businesses need not to be scared with the increased enforcement, as it is meant for ensuring safe food supply in the markets. "We in FSSAI have recognized the importance of food testing and analysis. Our laboratories are essentially the heart of our food safety ecosystem," said CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal while addressing a conference on food safety organized by AOAC India, an analytical body.
It is essential to ensure high quality standard for food testing, as it helps to develop a robust food safety ecosystem. The food regulatory authorities such as FSSAI is attempting to create the foundation for a national network of well-functioning credible food laboratories. In the last few years, FSSAI has given thrust to improve government labs through financial support and also notified private labs. However, a lot more needs to be done in the area of building capacity of analytical staff for these labs.
The company stated that less samples are being tested in the country by enforcement agencies, as well as food business operators. The authority is working on doubling the samples for food testing conducted by them. Furthermore, FSSAI's CEO emphasized on the need to expand surveillance activities and said the state agencies are increasing their headcount to carry out inspections and testing. "We are monitoring to ensure that enforcement activities increase. This is not to scare food businesses. This is to see that food that are available in market place is safe," Agarwal said.
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