Food safety supervisors training under the Food Safety Training and Certification (FoStaC) scheme, a flagship program of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) was conducted by the directorate of Food and Drugs Administration in colloboration with Vivanta by Taj Panaji and supported by the CII. The training was specifically organised for food business operators from the mid day meal catering domain and was attended by represnentaives of 30 SHG. This program was launched by J Ashok Kumar, health secretary, Goa, in the presence of Jyoti Sardesai, director FDA and Jaikanth Shroff, general manager Vivanta by Taj.
FSSAI has mandated the requirement of one food safety supervisor per 25 employees trained under the FoStac scheme for all the licensed food operators in the state. The above requirements has to be complied within the time span of 2 years. The directorate will be organizing more such training to ensure the coverage of all the food operators. The training was a blend of classroom session, audio-visuals, group activity kitchen visit and culminated with a written exam. The training was imparted by quality manager from Taj Vivanta, Dhoroty Pereira and Richard Noronha, designated officer, north, FDA.
The objective of the training is to make food operators aware of the provisions of the FSSAI and also provide tips on hygienic handling of the food, to ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food to the consumers.