FSSAI – the Indian Food Authority has issued an order with respect to revision of inspection checklists for the inspection of food businesses and decided that marks shall be awarded as per the Kind of Business (KoB) requirements.

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In this regard, a FSSAI statement reads, “To further improvise the checklist and the method of allotting the marks, Food Authority has decided that marks shall be given only to those requirements which are applicable as per the respective KoB. The requirements that are ‘Not Applicable’ to a food business shall be omitted/ ignored while evaluating the Inspection Score / Grading.”

According to the order, marks shall be awarded for each point of the checklist as per the findings/observations i.e., compliance, non-compliance, partial compliance, or not applicable / not observed. In case of Not Applicable / Not Observed finding, full marks are to be awarded.

The statement added that the changes are also being incorporated in online portals FoSCoS/ FOSCORIS (Food Safety Compliance System/ FSC through Regular Inspections and Sampling) for conducting inspections, which shall come into effect from October 28, 2022.

Earlier, FSSAI, through an order on March 9, 2018, and further the corrigendum dated May 14, 2020, has implemented the revised inspection checklist for facilitating Food Safety Officers to efficiently inspect Food Businesses as per KoB. These checklists have been developed based on the Schedule 4 requirements of FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011, and subsequent orders.

Recently, FSSAI – Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has also come out with draft regulations for genetically modified food, proposing mandatory prior approval from the regulator to manufacture, sell and import food or ingredients produced from genetically-modified organisms.

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The proposed Food Safety and Standards (Genetically Modified Foods) Regulations, 2022 will apply to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) intended for food use, as per the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

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