The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri J P
Nadda has stressed on the need to have safe and wholesome food, and local
manufacturing of food products under the 'Make in India' campaign of the
Government of India.
In order to ensure that food that is consumed is safe,
healthy and wholesome, and the manufacturing process adheres to standards and
procedures under the mandate of the Food Safety and Standard Authority (FSSA)
Act 2006, the Health Minister held a review meeting, here recently.
Present at the meeting were stakeholders from the food
processing industries; Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and
Promotion; Secretary, Department of Food Processing; Chairman & CEO, Food
Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI), and officials of the Department
of Health and Family Welfare.
The Health Minister stated that in order to ensure the quality and safety of
food products, various issues pertaining to regulation under the FSSAI Act 2006
were discussed at the meeting, including the mechanism for 'product approval'.
Shri J P Nadda informed that the Ministry along with the
FSSAI is working to streamline the process for time-bound approval of food
products. This will not only clear the approval of several pending proposals
for food products but will also give the much needed push to the domestic food
processing industry, the Health Minister noted, while not compromising with
quality and safety of the food products.