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The FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) plans to connect with motivated individuals to enable a food safety ecosystem through the Food Safety Mitra Scheme.
A Food Safety Mitra under the Food Safety Mitra Scheme is an individual who undertakes training and obtains FSSAI certification to perform activities on behalf of the Food Business Operators (‘FBOs’) relating to the Food Safety and Standards (‘FSS’) Act, Regulations and Rules implementation.
The FSSAI aims to establish an ecosystem of Food Safety Mitras, who will help the Food Business Operators (FBOs) with FSSAI registration, FSSAI licensing, training and auditing hygiene at various institutions such as colleges, schools, and corporate campuses.
There are three categories of Food Safety Mitra:
Any person/candidate aged between 21 to 60 years, having a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university and having the working knowledge of the internet, computers, etc., are eligible to apply for becoming a Digital Mitra.
The educational qualification criteria for a Trainer Mitra for different levels are as follows:
The training experience as trainer and implementation experience criteria for different levels are as follows:
The general training criteria for basic level, advanced level, and special courses are knowledge of the FSS Regulations and Rules. The skills criteria for basic level, advanced level, and special courses are good motivational and communication skills. The candidates must also be available for training for at least twenty days in a year.
Any person/candidate aged between 21 to 60 years, having a bachelor’s degree in dairy, fisheries, catering, technology, hotel management, oil technology, biotechnology, microbiology, agricultural sciences, biochemistry, or veterinary sciences from a recognised university is eligible to become a Hygiene Mitra.
Such candidates must also possess knowledge of the FSS Act, Regulations and Rules. It is beneficial when they possess sector-specific knowledge of sanitary and hygienic practices, hazards identification, processing techniques, knowledge/control/analysis of contaminants and allergens.
The role and responsibilities of the different categories of the Food Safety Mitras are as follows:
The registration process of the Food Safety Mitra is as follows:
The Digital Mitra applicants whose applications are shortlisted need to complete the online training and appear for the Computer Based Test (CBT) at one of the specified test centres. After completing the assessment, the Food Safety Mitra will be given a Digital Mitra Certificate valid for two years.
The Trainer Mitra and Hygiene Mitra applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be registered and need to complete the classroom training and assessments to become a certified Trainer Mitra and certified Hygiene Mita valid for two years. Depending on the service provided by the Food Safety Mitra to the FBOs, they would have to undergo intermediate training.
A refundable security deposit is collected at the time of certification to ensure that the Food Safety Mitras are invested in their goal’s success. Currently, Rs.5,000 is collected from the Food Safety Mitras as a food security deposit which is refunded in case the Food Safety Mitra chooses to exit from the Food Safety Mitra scheme.
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