FSSAI training for state bhawans, government canteens

Step toward ensuring food safety

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The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is providing training to food handlers at all state bhawans and canteens of government offices located in the national capital as part of its endeavor to enhance the Food Safety Ecosystem nationwide through its Food Safety Training and Certification (FoSTaC) program.


The food regulator has conducted training sessions at four state bhawans — Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Sikkim — as well as at the department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), North Block. All the food handlers of these places were imparted with the necessary training.

These training programs are aimed at enhancing food safety standards across state bhawans and canteens at government offices. Training sessions are planned at Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Manipur Bhawans in the coming days. Further, training under the FoSTaC program will be conducted in all canteens in government offices.


This initiative is in line with the announcement made by Union minister for health and family welfare on 7 June 2023 on World Food Safety Day, to train 25 lakh food business operators in the next three years.

Background

FoSTaC, a flagship initiative of FSSAI, is designed to impart training to food handlers involved in the food business. The training programs at bhawans and canteens cover a wide array of topics including food safety rules and regulations, personal hygiene, allergen management, food operation and control, documentation and records, labeling, training methodologies, and emerging trends in the food industry.

The objective is to instill a culture of continuous learning and improvement within the food sector. Participants who complete the training will be conferred with the Food Safety Supervisor (FSS) certificate, recognized across India. In FY 2023-24, a total of 3,58,224 food handlers were trained under the FoSTaC program across the country.


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