The seminar on ‘Demystifying Food Safety Standards Act’ showed the food business operators that Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) was a friendly agency, which ensured quality of food.
The seminar was organised by the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Ashwin Bhadri, Head (Business Relations), Equinox Labs, elaborated on the steps which have to be followed by entrepreneurs to maintain food quality and standards. “Water testing, nutritional labels with correct information and training of employees for food standards is essential. As per the Food Safety and Standards Act, any violation can land a food business operator in prison for a period of three to five years and cost a fine of `3-6 lakh,” he said. Bhadri added that many new restaurants have open kitchens, where the customers can have a look at the entire set-up without any restrictions.
He further said that documentation of several tests like water, food, content surfaces, hand swab test reports are essential for a successful food business along with regular internal audits.