Food Safety Mitra Scheme

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News:Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare has launched the Food Safety Mitra Scheme and Eat Right Smart Jacket.

Facts:

About Food Safety Mitra scheme:

  • The scheme aims to create an ecosystem of food safety mitras(FSM) who will help Food Business organisations(FBO) with licensing and registration, training and auditing hygiene among others.
  • FSM is an individual professional certified by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) who assists in compliances related to FSS Act, Rules & Regulations.
  • The food safety Mitra will have three avatars- Digital Mitra, Trainer Mitra and Hygiene Mitra depending upon their respective roles and responsibilities.

Significance of the scheme:

  • The scheme will lead to improved ease of doing business by creating a transparent and organized ecosystem.
  • It will support food businesses wherein food businesses will be able to get trained service providers at fair prices – lowering the costs of compliance

About Eat Right Jacket:

  • Eat Right Smart Jacket has been introduced to giving an identity to FSSAI staff to ensure transparent inspection. 
  • It’s embedded with an RFID tag and QR code.It is linked to software to capture entry of inspection staff into premise for monitoring.

Additional information:

About Eat Right India Movement

  • The Eat Right India Movement was launched by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in 2018. 
  • It is a preventive healthcare measure to trigger social and behavioural change among people.
  • The movement aims to improve public health in India and combat negative nutritional trends to fight lifestyle diseases.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI):

  • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a statutory autonomous body under Food Safety and Standards Act,2006.It comes under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
  • FSSAI is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.