International Co-operation

In line with the FSS Act, the Food Authority is required to provide scientific and technical assistance to the Central Government and the State Governments for improving co-operation with international organizations. The Food Authority shall also promote co-ordination of work on food standards undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and promote consistency between international technical standards and domestic food standards. FSSAI is also the national enquiry point for SPS (Sanitary and Phytosanitary) issues and, thus, regularly participates in various bilateral meetings for co-operation in the area of food standards, food safety and capacity building of labs.

As a part of this activity, this division of FSSAI has been a part of the following important activities:

  1. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between ANSES (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety), France and FSSAI for cooperation in food safety on 25 th January, 2016.

    The objective of this MoU is to promote improved scientific and technical cooperation between the Parties. The agencies wish to collaborate in the area of food safety, in particular, in risk assessment methodologies, food risk analysis, laboratories practices, methodology of total diet study.

                                                           

  2. Joint Statement of Intent (JSI) signed between the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) and Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), Germany and FSSAI on cooperation in the areas of food safety on 05 th October, 2015.

    The objective of the JSIs signed is to develop and maintain bilateral cooperation between the Parties based on mutual interest in the sphere of their respective competence and according to their capacities in the field of food safety and risk management and to improve the cooperation in the field of food safety and to protect the health and safety of consumers in both countries. As a follow up action based on this collaboration, a delegation from FSSAI visited Germany on the study cum field visit. The report of the visit is attached.

                                                                

  3. A MoU was signed between the Dutch Food Safety Authority (NVWA) and FSSAI on cooperation in the field of food safety in November, 2012.

    In this regard, workshop cum training program was held at CFTRI, Mysore in July, 2013 and October, 2013.

  4. The ban on import of milk and milk products, including chocolates and chocolate products and candies/confectionaries/food preparations with milk and milk solids as ingredients from China was reviewed and in absence of any credible report and supporting data, it has been recommended that the ban may be extended for a period of one year i.e. upto 23 rd June, 2017 unless the safety risk assessment is undertaken based on availability of credible reports and supporting data in respect of the said products, whichever is earlier.
  5. The ban on import of milk and milk products, including chocolates and chocolate products and candies/confectionaries/food preparations with milk and milk solids as ingredients from China was reviewed and in absence of any credible report and supporting data, it has been recommended that the ban may be extended for a period of one year i.e. upto 23 rd June, 2017 unless the safety risk assessment is undertaken based on availability of credible reports and supporting data in respect of the said products, whichever is earlier.
  6. FSSAI organized a High Level Technical Symposium on Food Safety Science in collaboration with USFDA on 28 th September, 2015 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The objective of this scientific exchange visit was to establish linkages at the technical level and to foster increased understanding of the basis for USFDA’s science policy and to deepen mutual understanding on the science side of food safety through dialogue, trust and cooperation and the exchange of views on subjects of priority interest to both the parties – USFDA and FSSAI. The eminent speakers from USFDA disseminated information on various technical aspects of USFDA’s Food Safety enforcement structure, monitoring, inspections, risk assessment and management system, packaging and labelling issues etc. The Symposium helped in enhancing the knowledge base of the stakeholders and the participants and will help in fostering the bilateral cooperation on food safety in future.

                                                           

  7. Further, regular meetings have been conducted with the delegations of various countries with food safety in focus, to enhance mutual understanding and to discuss potential areas of collaboration. During the year 2015-16, the meetings with the delegations of USDA, USFDA, Germany, France, Netherlands, Poland, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Japan, Australia etc. have been conducted which helped the delegates to better understand India’s Food Safety Regulatory System with regards to food packaging, processing, labelling, food import related issues etc. and also helped FSSAI to learn and understand the best practices in food safety in various countries and how the bilateral collaboration can enhance food safety network.
  8. International Cooperation Cell of FSSAI is regularly working to explore the possibilities of collaboration with various countries/international agencies in the areas of food safety by conducting/participating in meetings, organizing seminars with various countries to discuss potential areas of collaboration and understanding and implementing the best practices.

Recent Delegations which visited FSSAI

  1. Meeting with officials from Commonwealth Secretariat, Export Development Board of Sri Lanka and FISME

    1. A delegation comprising representatives from Commonwealth Secretariat, Export Development Board (EDB) of Sri Lanka and FISME (Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises) had met CEO, FSSAI in a meeting held on 01 st July, 2016 at FSSAI, New Delhi. As discussed in the meeting, the scope of an awareness building exercise like National Stakeholders consultation in India and Sri Lanka are being explored jointly.
  2. Presentation on Australian and Canadian Food Safety Regulatory System

    1. A meeting with representatives of Australian High Commission and Canadian High Commission was held at 09:30 A.M. on 02 nd September, 2016 at FSSAI, New Delhi. The agenda of the meeting was to understand the Food Safety Regulatory System of Australia and Canada. The Counselors (Agriculture) from Australian High Commission and Canada High Commision gave presentation on the Food Safety Regulatory Systems of their respective countries thus enhacing the understanding of the FSSAI officials.
  3. New Zealand: Meeting to discuss cooperation on Food Safety

    1. A meeting was held at 03:00 P.M. on 02 nd September, 2016 at FSSAI, New Delhi with a delegation from New Zealand led by HE High Commissioner of New Zealand. The agenda of the meeting was to discuss the cooperation on food safety between FSSAI and New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and other food safety issues.
  4. Meeting with officials from World Bank and Waters Corporation, US

    1. A meeting with the officials from World Bank and Waters Corporation was held at 11:00 A.M. on 06 th September, 2016 under the Chairmanship of CEO, FSSAI to explore the possibility of engaging FSSAI with the Global Food Safety Program of World Bank.
  5. Meeting with Dr. Karsten Hohgardt, Deputy Head of Department Plant Protection Products, Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL), Germany

    1. A meeting was held with Dr. Karsten Hohgardt, Deputy Head of Department Plant Protection Products, Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL), Germany at 11:00 A.M. on 22 nd September, 2016 at FSSAI, New Delhi to discuss the cooperation between FSSAI and BVL, Germany.
  6. Meeting with officials from International Enterprise (IE) Singapore and representatives from World Bank

    1. A meeting with Ms. Paramita Dasgupta, World Bank Head of Trade and Competitiveness Asia and officials from IE Singapore was held at 03:00 P.M. on 22 nd September, 2016 at FSSAI, New Delhi to discuss the possibility of adding World Bank as partner in training and capacity building program proposed with IE Singapore.

Pics during presentations made by representatives from Australian and Canadian High Commission on 02 nd Sept, 2016

                                                          

                                                          

                                                          

                                                         

Pics during meeting with Dr. Kasrten Hohgardt, BVL, Germany on 22 nd September, 2016

                            

Pics during meeting with IE Singapore and World Bank representatives on 22 nd Sept, 2016