What is Food Safety Mitra (FSM)?
What is Food Safety Mitra
FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has recently launched the food safety Mitra scheme. The Food Safety Mitra Scheme has been launched by FSSAI with an aim to provide support to all the small and medium food businesses in India in terms of compliance with the food safety laws. The Food Safety Mitra (FSM) Scheme will lead to improved ease of doing business by creating a transparent and organized ecosystem supporting food businesses wherein food businesses will be able to get trained service providers at fair prices - lowering the costs of compliance, thereby easing out the process of FSSAI Registration.
The Food Safety Mitra (FSM) scheme would also create new employment opportunities for youth, particularly with food and nutrition backgrounds. The FSM would undergo training and certification by FSSAI to do their work and get paid by food businesses for their services.
Objectives of the Food Safety Mitra Scheme
The objectives of the Food Safety Mitra Scheme are as follows:
To create employment opportunities for the youth belonging to food and nutrition backgrounds.
To promote the ease of doing business by creating an organised and transparent ecosystem supporting food business.
To engage motivated individuals with the food safety ecosystem at ground level.
Who is a Food Safety Mitra?
Food Safety Mitra is an individual who undergoes training and certified by FSSAI to perform activities on behalf of food business operators with respect to the implementation of FSS Act, Rules and Regulations.
Find Food Safety Mitra (FSM) Near you
FSM tool below allows you to find the nearby Food safety Mitra (FSM) in your district and state.
Types of Food Safety Mitra
The food safety Mitra is divided into three categories as given below:
Apply through FSM website
On being shortlisted, complete the online training.
On completion of training, appear for CBT at one of the specified test centres.
On successful completion of assessment, Digital Mitra certificate is issued - to be renewed every 2 years.
If a candidate meets the criteria for being a trainer, he/she will be registered under FoSTaC.
The candidate will complete the classroom training & assessments to become a certified training Mitra, as per FoSTaC norms
Validity of the certificate will be 2 years
If a candidate meets the criteria for being a hygiene auditor, he/she will be registered as a candidate for Hygiene Mitra
The candidate will complete the classroom training & assessments to become a certified Hygiene Mitra.
Validity of the certificate will be 2 years.
A candidate may opt for any one or more variants of the Food Safety Mitra for example a Digital Mitra can also be Hygiene Mitra, provided he fulfills all the prescribed qualifications and criteria.