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FSSAI Chief On State Tour

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Chairperson Rita Teaotia will be visiting the State to take stock of efforts for ensuring Food Safety Compliance in Odisha.

Ms.Teaotia is on a three days long tour from 7 November as FSSAI has started a special drive for licensing and registration of food businesses operators (FBO).

FSSAI  has directed the State Food Safety authorities to take it up to ensure food safety compliance under their jurisdiction. There is a special drive started from 1 October will continue till 31 December.

During the visit, she will meet Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy as well as Secretary Health & Family Welfare, Pramod Kumar Meherda.

Ms.Teaotia will discuss issues with Commissioner Food Safety and Food Safety Enforcement Officer regarding Food Safety measures being taken up in the State.

She will be meeting FBOs representing various Food Sectors at various levels along with Food Safety Commissioners.

Ms.Teaotia will also visit State Food Safety Laboratory and will guide the authorities about the latest steps to be taken for improvement.

She will guide the State authorities for strengthening the Laboratory Infrastructure in the State.

FSSAI Chairperson is visiting various States as FSSAI has started the special drive is to address various non-compliances for Food Safety.

Those include FBOs that are running in the city without registration certificates which are required to obtain a license, FBOs continuing business with an expired license or running a business without a license, businesses that have obtained fresh
license instead of renewing the previous one to avoid penalties and FBOs manufacturing and processing food products which are not endorsed on their food license.
 
Apart from these, the Food Regulator, for FBOs’ convenience, has also launched the Food Products Identity Verification System (FPIVS), wherein FBOs can check standards of the food products they manufacture online.
 
 They also can identify the proprietary and novel foods. The order stated that the intent was to ensure that only standardized and approved food items were manufactured by FBOs.

This the first visit of FSSAI Chief to Odisha and she is taking lot of interest for improving the State Food Safety Laboratory and Training Facilities on Food Safety.

Further, it has also made arrangements for concerned organizations to check validity of their licenses through the Know Your FSSAI License page of the website for food licensing.
 


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