Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) under Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) under Ministry of Science & Technology.
The MOU aims towards collaborative research and information dissemination in the area of food and nutrition.
The MOU will enable identification of technologies and programs to be developed in the area of food safety and nutrition research, along with recognition of innovative technologies available with CSIR for deployment by the Indian businesses and/or for regulating compliances.
It will also seek collection of data regarding food consumption, incidence and prevalence of biological risk, contaminants in food, identification of emerging risks, their mitigation strategies and introduction of rapid alert system.
The two organisations will collaborate towards strengthening the quality assurance of laboratory network across the country aimed at development and validation of methods for reliable reporting on quality and safety of food products.