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first_imgFSSAI will also take steps to bridge standards divideFSSAI will also take steps to bridge standards divide from farm to trade and to rediscover the rich culinary heritage of India.It also launched food safety display board that would help connect consumers directly with food safety officers. Twelve corporates including Mother Dairy, Haldiram, StarBucks, BurgerKing, among others, have already volunteered to display this board at their 1,300 outlets.Addressing a FSSAI conference late last evening, Health Minister J P Nadda had said the Centre will support the state governments in capacity building and setting up high quality labs for proper enforcement of food safety standards.”We are all for capacity building not only at the national level…We are working to have high quality labs. We are working to support states (in setting up) high quality laboratories,” Nadda said.The government will finetune the food safety standards to make it more meaningful, Nadda said. “It is (finetuning) a continuous process. We will be doing it,” the Minister said.He emphasised on more awareness programmes to promote safe food at home, schools, offices and eateries.Nadda said the food standards act is a paradigm shift from regulatory regime under the provisions of Food Adulteration Act to self-regulatory and facilitatory regime.”Now, basic groundwork is done. We are ready for a big leap forward,” Nadda said.The minister emphasised upon two-way communication between the food businesses and the regulator. He advised that the authority should be fully aware of the need and concerns of small food businesses as well in its work of standard formulation and compliance.advertisementFSSAI Chairperson Ashish Bahuguna said, “We have completed 10 formative years of this act and are now striving to work towards a collective approach for building safe food culture in India because food safety cannot be ensured by enforcement alone”. PTI JTR TDS MJH AAR SK AARlast_img

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