Food Safety Training and Certification (FoSTaC) Programme, a major initiative of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has gone ahead with the 1 lakh mark of trained and certified supervisors. The main aim of the FoSTaC programme is to build a batch of trained food operators across the value chain in large, medium, small, and micro companies in the food sector.
The food safety authority assured that it has formed a pan-India training network encompassing of 169 training partners and over 1500 authorized trainers. “Under the FoSTaC program, over 80,000 people have been trained in the organized sector and almost 18,000 people in un-organized sector including street food vendors and self-help groups till date,” a statement said.
FSSAI said that food safety is a shared responsibility and the FoSTaC programme promotes a culture of self-compliance in food businesses by making them more diligent toward food safety and hygiene in their premises through effective training of their own staff.
Pawan Agarwal, CEO , FSSAI said, “ This would definitely raise the bar for food safety and build a culture of self-compliance for food safety in food businesses in the country.” “The success of this initiative lies in the power of partnership between stakeholders across the value chain as policing through licensing & enforcement alone does not ensure food is safe for consumption,” the regulator added.