FSSAI to Frame Nation for Crop Contaminants in order to Reduce Contamination Risk

Chairman of Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Ashish Bahuguna has called for geographical mapping of the country to find out the crop contaminants in crops to reduce risk of contamination in processed food. He said while addressing an event organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry in India (ASSOCHAM) in New Delhi that the move was much needed to reduce the contamination of food in India. He said that among other major factors, food safety is dependant on the levels of contaminants in the food crop and they are geographically different depending upon the regions.

The idea is to map the level of contaminants for each major crop in the country before presenting it to the industry. after which the industry can source their required raw crops from a better place, so that the processed final product is low on contaminants. Regarding the food safety ecosystem, he said that they are working on the ecosystem so that there is a fair chance for everyone to improve upon the processes, protocols and finally their output standards.  He also stressed that the agriculture and food processing industries should be in sync with each other for a better growth sustained by logistical infrastructure.

By BOA Bureau