FSSAI launches food regulatory portal

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the country’s apex food regulator, has launched a food regulatory portal, a powerful tool for food businesses. It is a full-service, business-friendly portal for food businesses that fo cuses on six key areas, viz food standards; consistent enforcement; hassle-free food imports; credible food testing; codified food safety practices and training and capacitybuilding. Being a single platform for all the stakeholders to ensure ease of doing business by providing a single portal for all the stakeholders, it will cater to both domestic operations as well as imports. It is an important milestone for the effective and transparent implementation of the country’s food laws. It will prove to be a game-changer by addressing food business concerns [primarily food safety (which is the backbone of the food processing industry and impacts its the most)] across the spectrum by ensuring ease of entry and a reduced burden of compliance and facilitating trade. The portal was launched at a national conclave, titled One Nation One Food Law – Common Standards, Credible Testing and Consistent Enforcement and organised by FSSAI. The conclave was the vision behind the portal, which was launched by Pawan Kumar Agarwal, chief executive officer, FSSAI. In this portal, ease of entry is facilitated through a food licensing and registration platform (FLRS) hosted on this portal. The FLRS has now been further simplified with timelines prescribed at each stage. And to demystify the standards, the Indian Food Standards-Quick Access (IFS.QA) system, a responsive information technology (IT) platform has been created, where users can access thousands of product standards and millions of provisions of additives and maximum residue limits (MRLs) for toxins and contaminants at the click of a button. For credible and efficient food testing for food businesses, a nationwide network of all food testing labs on a single technology platform, the Indian Food Laboratory Network (InFoLNet) was also launched.