Food safety index: how it is worked out, how the states have performed

What is the News?

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) has released the State Food Safety Index(SFSI) 2021-22.

What is the State Food Safety Index(SFSI)?

Released by: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) annually since 2018-19.

Aim: To measure the performance of states and Union Territories on selected “parameters” of food safety

Parameters: The SFSI takes into account the performance of the states on five key parameters, each of which is assigned a different weightage in the assessment:

– Human Resources and Institutional Data: This carries a weightage of 20% and measures the availability of human resources like number of Food Safety Officers, Designated Officers facility of appellate tribunals, functioning of State/ District level Steering Committees and pendency of cases.

Compliance: It carries the highest weightage, 30%.It measures overall coverage of food businesses in licensing & registration commensurate with size and population of the State/UTs.

Food Testing – Infrastructure and Surveillance: Weighted at 20%.It measures the availability of adequate testing infrastructure with trained manpower in the States/ UTs for testing food samples.

Testing and Capacity Building: This parameter carries the lowest weightage at 10%.It measures states performance on training and capacity building of regulatory staff.

Consumer Empowerment: This carries a weightage of 20%. It evaluates the states and UTs on their performance on various consumer empowering initiatives of FSSAI and also state initiatives.

How are States assessed and ranked?

The states and Union Territories are not assessed and ranked together. They are segregated into three categories — large states, small states and UTs—and assessed separately within their respective categories, based on their performance on the selected food safety parameters.

How have the states and UTs performed in SFSI 2022?

State Food Safety Index
Source: Indian Express
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Source: The post is based on the article “Food safety index: how it is worked out, how the states have performed” published in Indian Express on 13th June 2022.

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