Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) under its mandate as specified in Section 16, 3(e) have to establish a system of network of organizations with the aim to facilitate a scientific co-operation framework by the co-ordination of activities, the exchange of information, the development and implementation of joint projects, the exchange of expertise and best practices in the fields within the Food Authority’s responsibility.

To achieve food safety, strong, functional links must be built between the regulators, experts (Institutions/Universities/Organizations) and other sectors to ensure effective cross-sectoral collaboration. The regulator must play a pivotal role in building a community of various scientific experts, who share common goals and responsibilities. This partnership should encompass consumer, food industry as well as national authorities. Key players need to have timely access to reliable and up-to-date information including emergency alerts so that collective actions can be taken.

While developing high quality globally relevant scientific advice, consideration has to be given to the entire food production chain as appropriate as well as all relevant and accessible data and regular updates are to be made to ensure consistency with the most recent developments.

FSSAI being the primary regulator for safe and wholesome food in the country, will pre-dominantly engage on issues of food safety, risk-assessment, emerging risks, sanitary and phyto-sanitary concerns, food consumption studies and any other issues and concerns notified from time to time. FSSAI would therefore maintain such Institutions on its network for the established expertise with a view to engage with them on a continuing basis. It will serve as a source of scientific advice and to communicate on risks associated with the food chain, thereby contributing to ensuring a high level of consumer protection and maintaining confidence in the food supply.

With an aim to achieve this, FSSAI will engage Experts/Scientists, Institutes, Organizations, Universities and National Authorities and the engagement may be on project basis, where FSSAI will enter into sponsored agreements/ grants for R&D or specified studies/ surveys etc.

Taking a proactive role, FSKAN will provide a platform to identify food safety issues concerned by industry, government and the public, to exchange views among industrial representatives and food safety experts, tackling food safety issues within the University or with other institutions.

Key areas:

  1. Food safety and hygiene
  2. Food Standards
  3. Food Nutrition
  4. Food consumption and the exposure of individuals to risks related to the consumption of food;
  5. Incidence and prevalence of biological risk;
  6. Contaminants in food;
  7. Residues of various contaminants;
  8. Identification of emerging risks; etc

Two Components of FSKAN:

  • Assimilation of information with scientific experts nationally or internationally on emerging food safety issues and best practices in the fields within the Food Authority’s responsibilities
  • Formulation and execution of joint projects (pull and push type) where gaps or uncertainty in risk assessment for food safety exist