New Scheme launched by FSSAI called Food Safety Mitra
Shambhavi Sharma / 2021-04-15 08:07:40


On October 16th, 2009, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, or FSSAI, launched the Food Safety Mitra Scheme. As a result, the Food Safety Mitra will assist small and medium food-related businesses in expanding their operations while remaining compliant with FSSAI standards. It will also assist businesses with food safety standards registration, licencing, training, and maintenance. India is also one of the world's largest food markets, with over 32 lakh food businesses. The Food Safety Mitra Scheme aims to standardise the market and enable everyone in India to sell clean, sanitary, and high-quality food.

Working of Food Safety Mitra

The FSM programme seeks to increase food safety while also creating new job opportunities in the food and nutrition industry. The FSSAI will provide training and certification to all individuals enrolled under the Food Safety Mitra. As a result, worker ability levels will improve, allowing for more job prospects and food safety standards.

Role of Food Safety Mitra

The function of the FSM scheme, according to the FSSAI, will be fourfold:

  • Digital Mitra: Assist individuals and companies in registering and applying for licences online, as well as dealing with grievances and concerns.
  • Hygiene Mitra: Conduct audits of companies to ensure that they are following FSSAI registration. They will also assist in the training of managers to ensure that food is handled safely and hygienically in all locations.
  • Trainer Mitra: Instruct managers and employees on how to obtain the FSSAI's "Eat Right" certification.
  • Ambassadors for the Campaign: Using social media campaigns and other marketing tools, raise customer awareness.

Eligibility of Food Safety Mitra

To become Digital Mitra one needs to be

  1. 21 to 60.
  2. Be a graduate of a government-approved institution with a bachelor's degree.
  3. The applicant must have a working knowledge of computers.

To become a Trainer Mitra one needs to

  1. Must have a bachelor's degree in one of the following fields: Science, Chemistry, Biology, Food Science or Food Technology
  2. If your Bachelor's degree is in a different discipline, you must have five years of experience working in the food industry.
  3. Food Safety Scheme rules and regulations must be understood.
  4. Must practise for at least 20 days a year and have outstanding communication skills

To become Hygiene Mitra one needs to be

  1. Must be between the ages of 21 and 60 and hold a bachelor's degree in one of the following fields: Catering technology, Hotel management, Food dairy, Biotechnology or Microbiology.
  2. The related FSSAI rules and regulations must be understood.
  3. It's also essential to have sector- or industry-specific awareness of food safety and hygiene regulations.

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