FSSAI to launch sampling and testing scheme for licensed dairy units -Meenakshi Verma Ambwani

-The Hindu Business Line

To establish a self-monitoring mechanism for dairy establishments.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Friday said it plans to launch a scheme for sampling, testing and inspection of milk, in a bid to set up a self- monitoring mechanism for licensed dairy establishments.

The food safety authority said this move is expected to strengthen internal controls at the licensed dairy processing establishments. Under this scheme, milk processors will need to undertake certain quality and safety tests at regular intervals, it added.

“This will help the establishments in identifying the cause of any non-compliance, take preventive and corrective action. The Scheme is tentatively planned from October 1, 2019 and would besubjected to compliance verification from January 1, 2020 giving adequate time for milk processing units to adjust and upgrade to the requirement,” FSSAI said in a statement.

The regulators will initiate sensitization activities for dairy processors regarding this scheme. It has also advised state authorities to strengthen enforcement along with State Animal Husbandry Departments at dairy establishments registered by State Authorities.

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The Hindu Business Line, 12 July, 2019, https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/fssai-to-launchsampling-and-testing-scheme-for-licensed-dairy-units/article28410461.ece

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