FSSAI & Food Ministry ink MoU to support micro food entities
New Delhi, Oct 4: The fledgling micro-level food industry has reasons to cheer with the country’s premier food standards and inspection body entering into an understanding with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries to support the enterprises with the licensing, registration and to offer services keeping highest standards of safety in mind.
According to an MoU signed between the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) the Ministry, people associated with the micro-level food processing units will be provided training to ensure good hygiene and manufacturing and understand the practice of food testing and other regulatory requirements.
On successful completion of the training, the food handlers will be provided ‘food safety supervisor’ certificate.
“As part of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan, this step will help in making the micro enterprises improve the quality of their food products and become competitive,” said a statement issued by FSSAI.
The training exercise will also be provided to Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), SHGs and producers cooperatives to improve the standard of their food businesses, it said. The processing units will also be offered services to obtain FSSAI license and registration.
The tie-up comes close on the heels of the rollout of the Prime Minister Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PMFME) Scheme to support the micro food entrepreneurs and enterprises with various hand-holding initiatives.
They include branding and marketing, strengthening and setting up robust project management frameworks and development by incubation centres for common processing and training to entrepreneurs.
The enterprises will also be offered financial assistance for the purchase of tools for production and processing.