FSSAI initiates process for State Food Safety Index for year 2021-22

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The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has begun the State Food Safety lndex process for 2021-2022, and the food authority has addressed all states and union territories’ food safety commissioners, requesting that they provide necessary facts about food safety by May 10, 2022. In this article, you will understand the latest updates as FSSAI initiates the process for the state food safety index for the year 2021-22.

Notification by FSSAI for State Food Safety Index

There has been a notification issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in this respect that reads: “In this regard the online portal for uploading data for State Food Safety lndex 2021-2022 would be made live from 27.04.2022. State Food Safety Index (SFSI) data for the fiscal year 2021-2022 must be submitted on the SFSI portal by 10.05.2022, at the latest. SFSI-2020-2021 was used to provide the login credentials for uploading the data.

What is the State Food Safety Index?

  • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has established an index to assess the performance of states on five important Food Safety factors.
  • Data on human resources and institutional data, compliance, food testing infrastructure and surveillance, training & capacity building, and consumer empowerment are some of the criteria that go into this process.
  • All States/UTs are compared against each other using the Index, a dynamic quantitative and qualitative benchmarking mechanism.
  • During the first-ever World Food Safety Day on June 7th, 2019, the first-ever State Food Safety Index was released.

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Latest Updates as FSSAI initiates process for Food Safety Index

According to the FSSAI, the review will be carried out by a Team of Evaluators made up of FSSAI personnel as well as external experts, with debates taking place through video conference for essential verification and acquiring further information as needed.

FSSAI has been assessing the performance of states and union territories based on compliance with food safety standards set by FSSAI Registration and Food Safety Act through the State Food Safety lndex in order to generate constructive competition among states and union territories in order to strengthen the food safety ecosystem and guarantee that the general public has access to safe and healthy whole foods.

To make it easier to compare states, the SFSI Index divides states into three categories: large states, small states, and union territories.

Every year, the State Food Safety Index evaluates each state on five different aspects of food safety.  Compliance, Food Testing-Infrastructure and Surveillance, Training and Capacity Building, and Consumer Empowerment will all be included in the list of categories.

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