FSSAI CEO Arun Singhal | By special arrangement
FSSAI CEO Arun Singhal | By special arrangement

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New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government plans to increase the quality checks on milk, edible oil, honey, meat and poultry through the country’s apex food regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), according to the body’s new CEO, Arun Singhal.

Singhal, a 1987 batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, was appointed to the FSSAI in May as part of a bureaucratic reshuffle by the Modi government, having earlier served as special secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The FSSAI falls within the ambit of the same ministry.

In his first interview since his appointment, Singhal told ThePrint that apart from checks, FSSAI will identify more food products that are susceptible to adulteration, and identify the hotspots where this adulteration takes place.

“Five food products which are susceptible to adulteration are now under the strict vigilance of the FSSAI. These products are milk, edible oil, honey, meat and poultry. More products will be added to the high-risk food items,” said Singhal.

“We will increase the scope of market surveillance to identify hot-spot areas of adulteration and conduct national-level surveys for milk, vegetable oils and all other high risk commodities,” he said, adding that the timeline for these surveys has not yet been decided.

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New ways of testing, new regulations

Singhal said the FSSAI is focusing on periodic inspections and third-party audits, and conducting focussed checks to ensure safety and quality of food products available in the market.

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