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8th June 2022 (7 Topics)

Tamil Nadu tops the Food Safety Index


Tamil Nadu has topped the Food Safety Index 2021-22, replacing Gujarat at the number one slot.


Key Highlights

  • The Food Safety Index is released by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
  • The states were judged on five parameters of food safety:
    • Human resources and institutional data
    • compliance
    • food testing facility
    • training and capacity building
    • Consumer empowerment
  • It is the 4th in series of State Food Safety Index (SFSI) released on World Food Day.
  • Earlier Tamil Nadu had ranked third among the larger states in the index of 2020-21 while Gujarat had topped the list, and Kerala had secured the second position.
  • Among Union Territories;
    • Jammu and Kashmir- first rank
    • Delhi got second position and
    • Chandigarh secured third rank. 

Role of FSSAI

  • FSSAI is a statutory body established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
  •  It helps in ensuring healthy and nutritious food to the people.
  • It worked to motivate Smart Cities to develop and execute a plan that supports a healthy, safe and sustainable food environment by adopting various Eat Right India initiatives.
  • Aim: The index started in 2018-19 and was meant to create a competitive and positive change in the food safety ecosystem in the country. The step was also taken to galvanize states and union territories to work towards ensuring safe food for citizens.

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