Quality Council of India (QCI) at the behest of the FSSAI has come out with a Scheme for approval of Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies to scale up Hygiene Rating by increasing the number of recognised Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies in the country.
FSSAI’s initiative of ‘Food Hygiene Rating Scheme‘ is a certification system for food businesses supplying food directly to consumers, either on or off-premise. The food establishments are rated based on food hygiene and safety conditions observed at the time of the audit. The hygiene rating will be in the form of smileys (1 up to 5) and the certificate should be displayed prominently in the consumer-facing area. The recognised Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies will be responsible for verifying the compliance with food hygiene and safety procedures laid by FSSAI and get Hygiene Rating.
- QCI has proposed a scheme to approve Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies to expand the Hygiene Rating by increasing the number of Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies recognized in the country.
- The scheme aims to encourage food companies to improve their hygiene and safety standards so that consumers can make informed choices/decisions about the food stores they eat.
- Currently, the scheme is applicable to foodservice establishments (such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, dhabhas etc.), dessert shops, bakeries and meat retail stores.
- A recognized Hygiene Rating Audit Agency will verify compliance with the food hygiene and safety procedures established by FSSAI.
The scheme aims to allow consumers to make informed choices/decisions about the food outlets where they eat by encouraging food businesses to improve their hygiene and safety standards. Currently, this scheme is applicable for Foodservice establishments (such as hotels, restaurants, cafeteria, dhabhas, etc), sweet shops, bakeries and meat retail stores.
The recognised Hygiene Rating Audit Agency will verify the compliance with food hygiene and safety procedures laid by FSSAI.
Sh. Arun Singhal, CEO FSSAI mentioned that “Hygiene Rating Scheme can be instrumental in creating awareness amongst the consumers and developing a culture of self-compliance amongst food business operators. It will improve the quality of the food supply and increase demand as well. I urge all eligible food businesses to implement Hygiene Rating Scheme in their premises”
Mr Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman, QCI emphasised that Hygiene Rating and its recognition scheme is an excellent initiative of FSSAI and QCI, and will help in improving the confidence of the Indian consumer and foodservice operators in the basic hygiene and quality of the food. These kinds of standards and conformity assessment always lead to improved demand for the foodservice outlets and improved confidence from the consumer. I wish the scheme great success.
Dr R.P.Singh, Secretary General, QCI also mentioned that food hygiene and safety is an important initiative of FSSAI and QCI in the country especially due to awareness of consumers about concerns of hygiene during the pandemic. Going forward this initiative will help consumers to choose the right outlets and will provide the incentive to food outlets to create trust of their brand and improve their visibility within this growing sector.
The detail of the scheme is available on QCI’s website.
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