To bring in transparency in food safety inspection and sampling, food regulator FSSAI put in place a nationwide online platform and asked states to adopt this system as it would help eliminate discrepancy and make food safety officers accountable. The web-based ‘FoSCoRIS’ system will help verify compliance of food safety and hygiene standards by food businesses as per the government norms. The new system will bring together all key stakeholders – food businesses, food safety officers (FSOs), designated officers, state food safety commissioners on a nationwide IT platform and data related to inspection, sampling and test result data will be shared seamlessly by all the officials.
For using this platform, Food Safety Officers require a hand-held device with internet connectivity. For this purpose FSSAI has asked all states to provide such devices to FSOs and to appoint a nodal officer for this purpose and send the details of the officers of the state food authority for integrating them with FoSCoRIS. In the initial phase, FSSAI has decided to bear the cost of rental plans for first three months to a maximum of Rs 500 per month per connection to first ten states and UTs.