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Food safety Training & Certification

In India, Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (FSSAI) have been enacted for regulating food business operators all over India. FSSAI oversees that the food being supplied in the country must be safe and hygienic for consumption.

Enacting law, providing licence and registration, calling for information all these steps will went into vain if the hygiene is not maintained at the premises where food businesses are operated.

To ensure this safety, a programme was launched by FSSAI in July 2017 i.e. Food safety Training & Certificate (FosTaC). This programme intends to create a pool of food safety supervisor who will be trained to assure hygiene and manufacturing process as prescribed under the FSSAI regulations. It will also spread awareness regarding food safety among people.

Objective of FosTac

Regulatory Requirement

As per section 16(3) of FSS Act 2006, FSSAI has to

“provide, whether within or outside their area, training programmes in food safety and standards for persons who are or intend to become involved in food businesses, whether as food business operators or employees or otherwise”

Pursuant to this power, FSSAI has mandated that all food business having central or state license must have at least one trained and certified Food Safety Supervisor under FoSTaC for every 25 food handlers in each premise.

These supervisors should carry periodic onsite training of all food handlers, at least on quarterly basis and also maintain the record. Food handlers in all petty business that are registered should be trained and certified.

Who are Food Safety Supervisor (FSS)?

FSS is a person who is trained to recognise and prevent food related risk in food business, holds valid FSS certificate under FosTac programme. FSS shall be able to train and supervise food handlers.

Who is Food Handler?

Food handler is any person who directly handles packaged or unpackaged food, food equipment, utensils or food contact surfaces and are expected to food hygiene requirement.

Training Format

Below given training programme are designed under fostac

Who can be Trainee?

Any person involved in food business or intend to get into food business may get training

Any Students who have completed/pursuing post-graduation in food science/nutrition/hospitality or other allied fields.

Any consumer who is willing to get knowledge of food safety and hygiene.

Mode of Course

FosTac courses are conducted through classrooms and online facility was not available , however during current pandemic online class has been arranged by FosTac. To support the initiative of Government to enhance the food safety in India and to build a culture of safe and secure food, it is advisable for all Food business operators to enrol and complete their training with FosTac.

How will i Become a Trained Food Safety Supervisor?


Food Safety Supervisors (FSS) are appointed by the Food Business Operator and holds a valid FoSTaC certificate issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. Food Safety Supervisors are trained in good hygienic and sanitary practices to be followed by all food business operators as per requirements in Schedule 4 of Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011.


“Food Safety Supervisor” means a person appointed by the Food Business Operator and holds a valid food safety certificate of training approved by the Food Authority.

“Food Handler” means a person who directly handles packaged or unpackaged food, food preparation equipment and utensils or food contact surfaces.

Role of Food Safety Supervisor

1.To recognise and prevent risks associated with food handling in food business
2.To train and supervise the other food handlers in the food business premises
3.Implement the Schedule-4 requirements in the food business
4.Ensure the compliance of food business with all the FSSAI’s requirements
5.Should carry out periodic onsite training of all food handlers, at least on a quarterly basis and maintain record thereof
6.Create a behavioural change in other food handlers regarding personal hygiene, good hygienic/manufacturing practices, safe handling of foods
7.Responsible for incorporating the culture of food safety in the food business premises

Advantages of undergoing FoSTaC Training:

For FBOs

1.Enhance the availability of skilled manpower in the field of food safety
2.Food Safety Supervisors ensures better implementation of Schedule 4 requirements of the FSS Regulations in food businesses which in turn reduces the non-compliance for FBOs during the regulatory inspection and smoothens the operations during pre- audit and audits.
3.Having a food safety supervisor will lead to self-compliance of FSSAI’s schedule 4 requirements and further it reduces the burden of the legal action/ grievances/ complains raised by the consumers, regulatory officials and Food Authority.
4.Build a confidence among the consumers for food safety and maintaining hygiene in their food business premises which reflects on the profit of the food business

For Food Handlers in food business

1.Improve their performance and value in the food businesses
2.Enhance the knowledge and in the field of food safety
3.Considered as a skill development in food safety and quality assurance
4.Opportunity to exhibit your leadership quality among the other food handlers

For Students and others intending to enter in food business:
1.Value addition to the individual’s resume and improves their employability in the food sector throughout the country
2.Enhance their knowledge in the field of food safety
3.Able to fulfil the demand for skilled food handlers in the food businesses as Food Safety Supervisors