FSSAI, apex food regulator has decided to create more sound and safer environment for its Food safety officers. FSSAI will be distributing 4086 smart safety jackets to all the food safety officers across the nation. Prior to that, authority sought requisition and demands from all the states regarding the same. Based on the demand the jackets will be accrued to FSOs nationwide.

According to the FSSAI, Tripura will get 8 jackets, Manipur 44, Ladakh 2, Delhi 34, Goa 44, Gujarat 798, Chandigarh 10, Arunachal Pradesh 8, Dadra and Nagar Haveli 8, Chattisgarh 112, Kerala 294, West Bengal 358, Uttarakhand 104, Maharashtra 454, Odisha 36, Haryana 42, Karnataka 510, Bihar 210, Assam 64, Himachal Pradesh 40, Tamil Nadu 598, and Nagaland 16. Besides Regional Offices Delhi will get 38, Kolkata 28, Chennai 48, Mumbai 80. Apart from the states and regional offices, FSSAI HQ will also get smart jackets for its various departments.

Food safety smart jackets are being inducted into service for the FSOs after a brainstorming design and fortification by experts of National Institute of Fashion Technology and will lay off signature remark when donned by FSOs.

“This will enhance efficiency, professionalism and transparency in the food safety ecosystem, apart from bringing visibility of FSOs in the country,” says FSSAI in a statement.

“The Jacket is ergonomically designed to allow easy carriage, stowing and use of items commonly carried by FSOs such as notepad, pens, gloves, sample containers etc. and also enabling him to have both hands free for operations,” the statement further read and added that the office of the Food Safety Commissioner shall distribute the said jackets to all the FSOs immediately and ensure that they are duly worn by all the FSOs while discharging their duties in the field.”.

After the initial dispatch of the merchandise to the FSOs no further issuance will be done by the authority directly and will be further made through GeM by Eat Right India Merchandise Store. These may be ordered and purchased by the State Food Safety Commissioner or any other Officer duly authorised by him or any FSO from GeM/Eat Right India Merchandise Store directly, the statement concluded.

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