On December 7, Dr. Harshadeep Kamble, Commissioner of the Maharashtra Food & Drugs Administration (FDA), emphasised that it is important for the authority to devise mechanisms to involve the consumer in the development of standards. This is because the consumer is an important and critical stakeholder in food safety, and he is directly impacted by the safety of food in the country, said Dr. Kamble.
Speaking to Bayside Journal about the role of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Kamble informed, “The FSSAI has been established to lay down scientific standards for articles of food and also to ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.”
He further added, “Now, under Article 16 of the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), the authority will conduct surveys about the enforcement and administration of the act in various parts of the country. It will also search, collect, and analyse relevant information regarding food consumption and exposure to individual risks, the incidence and prevalence of biological risks, contaminants in food, residues of various contaminants, etc.”
“The authority is also expected to issue and promote guidelines for the development of risk assessment methodologies and forward messages on health and nutritional risks to the stakeholders. The other task and mandate that the authority is faced with is establishing a network of information and best practices in food safety. They have also proposed to ensure that the public, consumers, and other stakeholders periodically receive comprehensive information regarding food safety,” said Kamble.