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State Food Safety Index (SFSI) 2021-22

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  • June 13, 2022
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In News: the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) released the State Food Safety Index (SFSI) 2021-22

What is the SFSI?

  • The index aims to measure the performance of states and Union Territories on selected “parameters” of food safety.
  • The index is aimed at encouraging states and UTs to “improve their performance and work towards establishing a proper food safety ecosystem in their jurisdiction
  • The SFSI is released annually for a financial year.
  • This is the fourth edition of the SFSI since its inception in 2018-19.

Parameters

The SFSI takes into account the performance of the states on five key parameters, each of which is assigned a different weightage in the assessment.

  • Human Resources and Institutional Data
  • Weightage: 20%
  • Measures the availability of human resources like number of Food Safety Officers, Designated Officers facility of adjudications and appellate tribunals, functioning of State/ District level Steering Committees etc
  • Compilance
  • Weightage: 30%.
  • Measures overall coverage of food businesses in licensing & registration commensurate with size and population of the State/UTs, special drives and camps organized, yearly increase, promptness and effectiveness in issue of state licenses/ registrations
  • Food Testing – Infrastructure and Surveillance
  • Weightage: 20%
  • Measures the availability of adequate testing infrastructure with trained manpower in the States/ UTs for testing food samples
  • Training and Capacity Building
  • Weightage: 10%.
  • It measures states’ performance on training and capacity building of regulatory staff.
  • Consumer Empowerment
  • Weightage: 20%.
  • It evaluates the states and UTs on their performance on various consumer empowering initiatives of FSSAI, such as participation in Food Fortification, Eat Right Campus plus state initiatives

Assessment

  • The states and Union Territories are segregated into three categories — large states, small states and UTs— and assessed separately within their respective categories, based on their performance on the selected food safety parameters.

Performance

  • In the category of the 20 large states, Tamil Nadu with an overall score of 82 out of 100 has performed the best and been ranked 1st on SFSI 2021-22, while Andhra Pradesh with an overall score of 26 has been ranked at the bottom —17th place
  • Following Tamil Nadu in the rankings of the larger states are Gujarat (rank 2nd with a score 77.5), Maharashtra (3rd with 70), Himachal Pradesh (4th with 65.5) and West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh (sharing 5th with a score of 58.5).
  • Among the eight small states, Goa with a score of 56 has been ranked at the top, while Arunachal Pradesh (rank 8th and score 21) is at the bottom.
  • Among the eight Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir with a score of 68.5 has been ranked 1st and Lakshadweep (score 16) as the bottom. Delhi with a score of 66 has been ranked at 2nd place.

Source: Indian Express

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