In order to ensure quality and best practices at par with global standards in the food retail sector, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) will soon be launching three new standards. This was informed to FnBNews by an official from BIS.
According to sources, the three new standards to be launched would be in terms of management, hygiene practices and processing of food.
"FICCI appreciates BIS initiative of formulating three new standards in the areas of food safety management, hygiene practices and processing of food,"Shilpa Gupta, deputy director, head, retail and FMCG Committee.
Gupta said that it would have direct implications on the food retail sector and would lead to improvement in the quality and safety of entire food retail chain.
She further said that upgrading of standards according to current requirements was a move in the positive direction.
In this regard, Gupta mentioned that this would further promote public health by reducing the risk of food, protect consumers from adulterated food and would also enhance the competitiveness of Indian food retail sector.
"The BIS initiative of finalising Indian standards on basic requirements for street food vendors is also a notable move," she said, adding that with growing popularity of street foods in India and increasing importance of nutritional security it was critical to ensure safety in the entire street food chain.
However, another step which was vital was to increase awareness and sensitise the food retail companies and street vendors on the importance of maintaining quality and safety in the entire food value chain by adhering to good hygiene and manufacturing practices, she trailed off.
The new standards to be launched would include IS 16019:2012 for basic requirements in food retail, IS 16020:2012 for good hygiene and food safety management, and IS 16021:2012 for good manufacturing practices in food processing.