This is a competency-based training ecosystem to ensure compliance to hygiene and sanitary practices in handling of food by all food businesses. All food businesses are required to have a Food Safety Supervisor (FSS) for every 25 food handlers. These Food Safety Supervisors are trained and certified by FSSAI through FoSTaC and its empanelled training partners. The Food Safety Supervisors are expected to train the food handlers periodically. There are 19 certification courses available under FoSTaC. The duration of a course varies from 8 to 12 hours spread over 1 to 2 days. These courses are offered at three levels: Basic, Advanced & Special. The courses cover general hygiene or manufacturing practices as detailed under Schedule 4 of FSS Regulation and are being delivered in face to face class room training either in the premise of food businesses (in-house training) or in the premises provided by training partners (open class).
Following three types of training have been prescribed :
- 5 Courses of Short duration - 4 Hours(Industry: Street Food Vending, Catering, Manufacturing, Storage & Transport, Retail)
- 4 Courses of 8 Hours each(Industry: Catering, Manufacturing, Storage & Transport, Retail)
- 9 Courses of 4-8 Hours each(Industry: Milk & Milk Product, Animal Meat & Meat Product's, Poultry Meat & Meat Products, Fish & Seafood, Packaged Water, Bakery Level 1 and Level 2, Edible Oil & fats, Health Supplements)
FSSAI has empanelled 225 Training Partners to conduct trainings of FBOs (Food Handlers) under FoSTaC (List of Training Partners' link : https://fostac.fssai.gov.in/fostac/listoftrainingpartner).
States/UTs/Districts may coordinate / have meetings with empanelled Training Partners to organise training in their respective area.
FSSAI has not prescribed any fee for any courses. Fee may be fixed by floating necessary bidding for the respective course/geographical area. In order to meet the expenses, Districts/ City administrations may encourage FBOs to pay for the training - partially or fully. Alternatively, other Government schemes, CSR, Marketing funds (of FBOs) etc. may conduct & fund such training.
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