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Enhancing Food Safety Nationwide: FSSAI’s Training Initiative

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is conducting training sessions for food handlers at State/UT Bhawans and government office canteens in the National Capital. This initiative falls under the Food Safety Training and Certification (FoSTaC) programme, aimed at elevating food safety standards nationwide.

Expansion Efforts: Training sessions have been conducted at four State Bhawans and the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), North Block, with plans to extend to Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Manipur Bhawans. Additionally, training will be provided in all government office canteens.

Objective and Impact: Aligned with the announcement to train 25 lakh food business operators by the Hon’ble Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, this initiative aims to foster a safer food environment for citizens. FoSTaC covers various topics including food safety regulations, personal hygiene, allergen management, and labelling, promoting continuous learning and improvement within the food sector.

Certification and Reach: Participants completing the training will receive the Food Safety Supervisor (FSS) certificate, recognized nationally. In FY 2023-24, 3,58,224 food handlers have been trained under FoSTaC. Extending training to canteens of all State/UT Bhawans and government offices will empower individuals across the food supply chain to uphold food safety standards effectively.


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