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FSSAI Food Safety Mitra – Applications Invited

FSSAI Food Safety Mitra. An opportunity for applicants from a biotechnology/ microbiology/ biochemistry/ food technology background to apply for the various Food Safety Mitra opportunities. Check out all of the details regarding the same below:

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FSSAI is creating an ecosystem of food safety Mitras who will help FBOs with licensing and registration, training and auditing hygiene at different institutions such as schools, colleges and corporate campuses.

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Registration & Licensing

Digital Mitra: Individuals with an entrepreneurial mindset and IT skills can help food businesses with their compliances.

Hygiene Auditors

Hygiene Mitra: Domain experts from the food industry are encouraged to get associated under FSM to become hygiene auditors.

Food Safety Training

Trainer Mitra: Any persons who are in the food business or food professionals can be certified as Food Safety trainers.

Eligibility

Digital Mitra

Candidates between the age of 21 to 60 years, possessing a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university along with working knowledge of computers, internet etc.are eligible to apply.

Trainer Mitra :

Eligibility criteria for trainers as under FoSTaC scheme will be applicable.

Criteria: Educational Qualification

Basic Level: Minimum graduate in science/food technology/food science/ chemistry/ biology/ microbiology or other related subjects. If graduate in other streams minimum 5 years experience in the relevant food industry (catering, manufacturing, retail, etc.)

Advance Level: Minimum graduate in science/food technology/food science/ chemistry/ biology/ microbiology subjects. If graduate in other streams minimum 7 years work & implementation experience in the relevant food industry(catering, manufacturing, retail, etc.)

Special Courses: Minimum graduate in science/food technology/food science/ chemistry/biology/microbiology subjects. If graduate in other streams minimum 7 years work & implementation experience in the particular sector of the industry (meat, fish, milk, etc.)


Criteria: Training Experience as Trainer & Implementation Experience

Basic Level: Minimum 3 years training experience on food safety & hygiene including FSMS, HACCP and other similar food safety systems in the relevant Food Industry.

Advance Level: Minimum 5 years training experience on food safety & hygiene including FSMS, HACCP and other similar food safety systems in the relevant Food Industry.

Special Courses: Minimum 5 years of training & implementation experience on food safety & systems regulations in the particular sector of the Industry.


Criteria: General Training Received

Basic Level: Knowledge of FSS Rules & Regulations

Advance Level: Knowledge of FSS Rules & Regulations

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Special Courses: Knowledge of FSS Rules & Regulations.


Criteria: Skills

Basic Level:

  • Should have good communication and motivational skill.
  • Shall be available for training at least 20 days in a year

Advance Level:

  • Should have good communication and motivational skill.
  • Shall be available for training at least 20 days in a year

Special Courses:

  • Should have good communication and motivational skill.
  • Shall be available for training at least 20 days in a year

Hygiene Mitra* :

Candidates between the age of 21 to 60 years, possessing bachelor’s degree in Catering Technology / Hotel Management / Food /Dairy/ Fisheries/ Oil Technology/ Bio-Technology/ Agricultural Sciences/ Veterinary Sciences / Biochemistry/ Microbiology from a recognised university are eligible to apply.

Additionally, such candidates must possess the knowledge of the FSSAI Act and the Rules and Regulations thereunder. Sector-specific knowledge of hygienic and sanitary practices, processing techniques, hazards identification, knowledge/analysis/control of contaminants & allergens is a plus.

*Tentative

Roles and Responsibility

Food Safety Mitra is an individual professional certified by FSSAI and performs limited actions on behalf of/for FBOs with respect to the implementation of the FSS Act, Rules & Regulation.

Digital Mitra

  • Filing of a new application for License/Registration
  • Further online correspondence regarding queries raised by Authorities
  • Filing application for modification of License/Registration
  • Filing of Annual Returns/ Declarations
  • Filing applications for approval of Product/ label/ Advertisement Claim
  • Filing appeal for revocation of Suspended Licenses/Registration

Trainer Mitra

  • Conducting training of food safety supervisors
  • Conducting training at Eat Right Campuses
  • Conducting training of food safety personnel in businesses on demand

Hygiene Mitra

  • To audit the hygiene of FBO outlets as per prescribed guidelines
  • To help FBOs with the implementation of hygiene guidelines
  • To train the food safety supervisors and food handlers about safe & hygienic food handling practices

Certification Process

Digital Mitra

  1. Apply through FSM website
  2. On being shortlisted, complete the online training.
  3. On completion of training, appear for CBT at one of the specified test centres.
  4. On successful completion of the assessment, the Digital Mitra certificate is issued – to be renewed every 2 years.

Trainer Mitra

  1. If a candidate meets the criteria for being a trainer, he/she will be registered under FoSTaC.
  2. The candidate will complete the classroom training & assessments to become a certified training Mitra, as per FoSTaC norms
  3. The validity of the certificate will be 2 years.

Hygiene Mitra

  1. If a candidate meets the criteria for being a hygiene auditor, he/she will be registered as a candidate for Hygiene Mitra
  2. The candidate will complete the classroom training & assessments to become a certified Hygiene Mitra.
  3. The validity of the certificate will be 2 years.
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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 fulfils all the prescribed qualification and criteria.

Code of Conduct

Integrity

As individuals responsible for helping FBOs with compliance, the first norm for an FSM is integrity at all times. This may include –

  1. Due diligence at all times – filing applications, conducting hygiene audit
  2. Advising FBOs correctly about processes, regulatory requirements & liabilities
  3. Advising FBOs to correct mis-declarations and non-compliance
  4. Charging only prescribed fees from clients, against receipt.

Transparency

As they are the human face of the FSS Act for FBOs, it is essential that FSMs maintain transparency about their services.

  1. Applications filed by them on behalf of FBOs – they must quote their unique identification number whenever a service is offered by them to the FBOs
  2. Service charges should be transparently communicated to FBOs. All receipts & acknowledgements must be shared with FBOs
  3. FSM will not represent themselves as officers of FSSAI or use its name or logo without authorisation

Quality

  1. Whether it is training, audit or filing of applications, FSMs will maintain the highest quality standard
  2. Apart from the work itself, FSMs will ensure quality service level by being knowledgeable, friendly and available to their client FBOs

Service Charges

  1. Filing of the registration application, modification & annual declaration for registration: Rs 100/-
  2. Filing of licensing application, modification & annual returns for license: Rs 500/-
  3. Training – basic level / advanced level / special level
    ♠ To be negotiated by Trainer Mitra
    ♠ Rs 2000/- for FBOs with Less than 15 employees*
    ♠ Not to exceed Rs 5000/- for FBOs with More than or equal to 15 employees*
  4. Hygiene audit:
    ♠ To be negotiated by Hygiene Mitra
    ♠ Rs 2000/- for FBOs with Less than 15 employees*
    ♠ Not to exceed Rs 5000/- for FBOs with More than or equal to 15 employees*

*Tentative/indicative

Renewals & Cancellation

Once certified, the validity of FSM certification will be 2 years. Depending on the kind of work they do, FSMs may be required to undergo intermediate training. To ensure that FSMs are invested in the success of the scheme and its goals, a refundable security deposit may be collected at the time of certification. Presently, Rs 5000/- shall be collected from FSMs. This security deposit will be refunded in case an FSM chooses to exit from the scheme.

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FSM may continue to act as such, unless:

  1. The FSM Certificate issued to him under this scheme is suspended or withdrawn by the FSSAI; or
  2. This scheme is withdrawn by the Authority
  3. Non-renewal after the expiry of the validity of FSM Certificate.

In case of a complaint or on the assessment of the performance, FSSAI may impose a penalty by way of forfeiture of deposit, suspension for a time period, cancellation of certificate of FSM or debarring future registration as FSM for a specified period.

The grounds of the cancellation which may warrant such action maybe

  1. if State Food Safety Authorities report any misconduct of FSM.
  2. if FSM refuses to give a copy of the receipt/acknowledgement to the FBO;
  3. if FSM fails to furnish his name and unique identification number in the application/ return filed by him;
  4. if FSM fails to enter any information made available to him by the FBO, correctly in the application/ return by him;
  5. if FSM makes repeated mistakes relating to filing of applications/returns prepared by him;
  6. if FSM makes a wrong or fraudulent application/return despite being in the know
  7. if FSM is engaged in any financial irregularity, forgery or fraud;
  8. if FSM fails to comply with the directions issued by the FSSAI from time to time;
  9. if FSM fails to upgrade the skills as required by the FSSAI from time to time; or
  10. If FSM, after issuance of FSM Certificate to him under this Scheme, takes employment in any Government Department.
  11. Any act in violation of these guidelines or otherwise which may lead to a wrong declaration to the Authority by FBO.

Before, cancellation, the Food Authority may give an opportunity to FSM to explain his/her position.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. It is just, one more fraud by fssai.
    I have applied for it and paid the fee as well but haven’t received any intimation for exam.
    I have been calling them on the number provided since last one and an half month but they are responding.
    At times, after 10-12 rings, they pick up call and don’t speak anything.

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