COVID-19 is posing a serious challenge for food supply chains worldwide. The challenge is to ensure uninterrupted food supply to consumers while containing the risk of COVID-19 for the workers, customers and all participants in the food supply chain. Keeping these issues in mind, FSSAI had issued detailed guidelines for food businesses during the COVID 19 pandemic. The same can be accessed in the guidance note.
Further, to enable and equip food businesses to function and reduce the risk of contagion, FSSAI has launched a training program for food businesses under its flagship Food Safety Training & Certification program (FoSTaC). The training will be conducted online through empaneled training partners. Food businesses can visit www.fostac.fssai.gov.in or connect the FoSTaC training partners directly for this certification program. The training program is offered to all stakeholders in the food ecosystem comprising of manufacturers, packers, transporters, retailers and food delivery partners and aggregators. The agencies or NGOs serving food in places including langar, community kitchens, and others should also get their food handlers trained for COVID-19 precautionary measures. A certificate of participation shall be issued to the trainees through the FoSTaC portal.
In addition to training for Covid-19 precautions, several other courses on food safety are available under the FoSTaC program of FSSAI.