Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued an expression of interest (EoI) for the empanelment of the rating agencies for inspecting catering establishments under the Hygiene Rating and Responsible Place to Eat (HRRP) scheme.
The auditing agencies shall give ratings to food business operators (FBOs) based on their compliance of requirements under Schedule 4 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, wherein FBOs are required to have a trained supervisor in all premises and the display of food safety boards is mandatory.
The FSSAI will verify these ratings during inspections on a regular interval. Interested companies or agencies can apply by September 28, 2018, while a pre-bid meeting shall take place at the apex regulator’s headquarters at noon on September 18. The notice said that the empanelment will be for three years.
This move by FSSAI particularly holds importance in the background of the recent development, wherein FSSAI directed a number of online service providers, including Zomato and Swiggy, to delist unlicensed and unregistered caterers from their platforms. Also, it reflects weak enforcement on the part of the state authorities.
According to FSSAI, HRRP is a new scheme envisaged under the Project Serve Safe to promote safe and nutritious food through the catering sector. Under this programme six factors have been identified include personal hygiene, healthy eating, safe water handling, effective complaint handling, transparency in food preparation and donation of food.