After receiving several complaints from the passengers, Indian Railways has deployed 300 health inspectors to conduct surprise food checks and take samples for inspection as well as create a databank of vendors so that the food quality in ensured.
A meeting was conducted by the Indian Railways which decided that Food Safety Officers (FSO)are to take charge of each division of the railways. They are also to make sure that all vendors supplying food on the trains have been registered online with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
“We discussed ways to strengthen the entire ecosystem of food being served and sold by railways. It was decided to ensure that all vendors register with FSSAI online for better monitoring,” FSSAI CEO Pawan Agarwal said. He also added that currently the vendors are registered on paper and now it is their aim to shift all the paperwork and vendors’ licenses online. This process, he said will commence in the coming 15 days.
“FSSAI and the railways have decided to adopt a revised protocol for sample selection for food sample test, frequency of data collection will increase and surprise sample collection will be included in data bank,” said the statement. The meeting that took place regarding food safety was attended by the Chief Managing Director of IRCTC, the food safety commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of FSSAI, Additional Member (Commercial), Railway Board, Director General (Health), Railway Board and other senior officials.