Food safety is vital to society. Food safety refers to the safe and sanitary handling of food at all stages of the supply chain in order to avoid sickness caused by contaminated food. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ten percent of the world’s population becomes sick after eating contaminated food, and 4.2 lakh people die each year as a result of eating contaminated food, with 1.25 lakh of them being children under the age of five. As a result, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) publishes the State Food Safety Index (SFSI) to encourage states to enhance food safety under their jurisdiction. The third SFSI has just been published by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.
The states and UTs were divided into three groups for the ranking: big states, which included 20 states, small states, which included the other eight states, and UTs, which included all of India’s eight Union Territories.
Gujarat was the top state in the nation in terms of food safety, scoring 72 out of 100, the highest across all categories, according to a survey of the 20 largest states. Kerala and Tamil Nadu, both in the southern states, came in second and third place for maintaining food safety in their respective areas. The remainder of the top ten states in this category were Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, and Telangana. Bihar came in 20th place among the major states, followed by Andhra Pradesh (19th), and Rajasthan (18th).
In the meanwhile, Goa, Meghalaya, and Manipur topped the minor state rankings. Mizoram placed last out of the eight tiny states.
Jammu & Kashmir was rated first among the eight UTs in terms of food safety, followed by the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the national capital, Delhi. Lakshadweep was rated as the state with the lowest food safety regulations, receiving just 18 out of a possible 100 points.
Human Resources and Institutional Data were weighted at 20%, Compliance at 30%, Food Testing – Infrastructure and Surveillance at 20%, Training and Capacity Building at 10%, and Consumer Empowerment at 20%.
Source: Financial Express