FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) tied up with CHIFSS (CII-HUL Initiative on Food Safety Sciences) a partnership initiative between CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) and HUL (Hindustan Unilever Limited) with the purpose of driving science based food safety in order to further strengthen consumer safety and enable a science based innovation environment.
At the launch of the CII-HUL Initiative on Food Safety Sciences (CHIFSS), Mr Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI signed an MOU with CHIFSS .
“We are happy to sign the MoU with CHIFSS,” said Mr Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI on the occasion of the launch. “This collaborative initiative will drive and disseminate food safety on science based risk analysis in India and work towards improving food safety through fact and data based technical briefs , food safety plan guidance documents and on-line training programs,” he added.
Ms. Anuradha Prasad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of food processing industries, thanked FSSAI for largely resolving the issues being faced by Food Processing Industry at the launch ceremony. She apreciateed it as a positive move and opined: “it is a right time to move beyond compliance and incorporate best international practices on food safety to create and ensure safe food”.
Mr. Sanjiv Mehta, in his address, stressed the need for a globally benchmarked national food safety agenda, founded on science based food safety principles. He highlighted the expertise of Unilever in food safety sciences and the fact that Unilever experts are globally recognized thought leaders in the areas of food microbiology and toxicology are actively working with academics and scientific institutions globally on food safety matters. He also reiterated HUL’s commitment towards partnering with all stakeholders to enhance the science based food safety in India. He shared, “We are delighted to see CHIFSS fructify into a reality. The pioneering partnership between CHIFSS and FSSAI will further strengthen industry-government collaboration to promote science based food safety which stimulates innovation while ensuring consumer safety.”
As the first outcome of CHIFSS, the Food Safety Management System Guidance Document for Ice Creams and Frozen Desserts was also released alongside the launch of the Website. A Panel discussion on Driving Food Safety through Science Based Principles followed soon after the Launch ceremony.
The launch event was attended by stakeholders including eminent Scientists, Government officials.