Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. It has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 which is concerned with food safety and regulation in India.
FSSAI is responsible for protecting and promoting consumer health through food supervision and regulation. The authority has been established keeping the following objectives in mind -
- To create confidence among all stakeholders by being an accessible and responsive public service body.
- To Ensure establishment of standards and practices to assure consumer interest.
- Capacity building of various stakeholders for effective role in food safety.
- To develop effective information dissemination channels to consumers to make informed choices regarding the food they consume.
- To establish a framework of food safety with defined responsibility for each food business operator.
FSSAI has accredited a total of 176 food testing laboratories for analysis of food samples in four national regions -
- Southern Region(Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep) : 61
- Western Region(Gujarat, Maharashtra, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Goa, Madhya Pradesh) : 52
- Eastern Region(West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand, Sikkim, A &N Islands, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland ) : 10
- Northern Region(Delhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana) : 53
FSSAI accreditation standardizes the food testing procedures and ensures that good quality food is available for consumption, which is the ultimate aim of the act.