The food regulator of India, FSSAI has decided to conduct pan-India surveillance of food products and floated tender inviting bids for the same. The overview was required to find out the quality of food products sold across the country for their
conformity with standards set by the FSSAI.
As indicated by the FSSAI, the pan-India surveillance of food products was expected to discover the extent of non-confirmation concerning contaminants and adulterants adversely affecting the quality and security of food items and to show up at the underlying cause of the issue.
The FSSAI statement reads “It includes regular surveillance on a variety of food products i.e. spices, jaggery, tea, vegetables, fruits, etc.”
The country-wide survey would include big cities, districts, tehsils with an option to add up to 25% more numbers places. The last date for submission of bid documents was Oct 21, 2021, at 3:00 PM. FSSAI stated that the bids under the two bid systems (Technical Bid & Commercial Bid) should be submitted on the government’s e-procurement portal by the due date and time.
After the award of the tender, the draft report based on the lab analysis would be submitted within 35 days after the picking up of samples followed by the final report after submission of the draft report. The release of the final report would be done next week.