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FSSAI issues gazette notification for creation of Central Advisory Committee

26,July, 2019

FSSAI has issued a gazette notification for the creation of the new Central Advisory Committee (CAC). Its tenure shall be for a period of three years from July 2019. The chief executive officer of the country’s apex food regulator will be the ex-officio chairperson of the Committee.
The 48-member CAC, whose formation was prescribed by Sections 11 and 12 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, had representation from all the states and Union Territories (UTs), with their commissioners as members. The food industry, agriculture and consumer activists got two seats each. The other members of the committee represented esearch bodies and laboratories.
The food industry was represented by Prabodh Shirish Halde from AFST(I) and Meetu Kapur, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).
"Vision document on Eat Right India was discussed along with other agendas at the meet," revealed Halde while speaking to FnB News.
"I personally look forward to contribute positively in making new India – Eat Right vision implementation since food safety is a shared responsibility," he said.
The agriculture sector was represented by R K Singh, representing ICAR – Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), Ludhiana, and Vilas Vishnu Shinde, chairman and managing director, Sahyadri Farmers Producer Co Ltd, Mohadi, Nashik, Maharashtra.
Ashim Sanyal, chief operating officer and secretary, Consumer Voice, and Ashhok Kapoor represented consumer organisations.
Research bodies were represented by Kaushik Banerjee, National Referral Laboratory, ICAR – National Research Centre for Grapes, Pune (Maharashtra), and Poonam Kakkar, chief scientist and head, herbal research section, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Vishvigyan Bhawan Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh).
Sivalinga Prasad Vasireddi from Vimta Lab and Balwinder Singh Bajwa, director and chief executive officer, Edward Food Research and Analysis Centre Limited, represented laboratories.
The chairperson of the Scientific Committee included as an ex-officio member of the CAC.
The CAC forms a bridge between the various stakeholders of the food safety ecosystem, and it gives advice to the food authority on the performance of its duties, the prioritisation of work, the identification of potential risks, pooling of knowledge, etc. Led by the chairperson and chief executive officer of FSSAI, it will meet at regular intervals.

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