Product Recall Pilot by FSSAI. (Dated : 14-11-2011)

 

 

The Product Recall Pilot Meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Shri V.N. Gaur, CEO, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). He welcomed the Representatives from various Food Industries and Organisations. Mr. Ravi Mathur, CEO, GS1, described the objectives of Global Product Recall Portal.

The Product Recall pilot is going to be conducted using recall portal service involving food producers, modern trade retailers and FSSAI to test the efficacy of recall prior to finalisation of recall regulation by FSSAI.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has prepared draft guidelines on Food Recall procedures, primarily to guide Food Business Operators to carry out a Food Recall through an efficient, rapid identification as well as removal of unsafe food and to inform the consumers about the potentially hazardous food in the market.

In order to overcome the draw backs in the Internal Product Recall System set up by the Food Producers and retailers, and to benefit Indian Food Industry and Exports through enhanced market shares with the implementation of Standardized National Recall Portal. Through this mechanism the entire Indian Food Sector would be able to inspire greater trust and confidence of Indian and International consumers, buyers, regulators etc. in their products and their ability to manage food crisis.

A presentation cum demonstration on expected benefits of standardized National Recall Portal and recall of a product on FSANZ Portal was delivered by the Global Food Traceability and Recall Expert, GS1, Global office, Mr. John Keogh.

GS1 is a non profit organization under Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India. GS1 develops Global Standards for goods and services and foster cooperation and encourage information sharing. GS1 works with WHO, ISO, CEN, ICCBBA, UN-CEFACT, World Customs Organization etc.

ISO focuses on products safety and recall standards, identify and recall notifications. OECD is developing a Global Recall Data pool for G2G notifications. GS1 engaged with US Government in regulating traceability, Food Security, Consumer Safety and Recall.

Various aspects related to International concerns on Food Safety, ways and means to measures the recall problems. Global Standards to bridge the gap to sense and complete the recall, issues and concerns with the outdated methods of recall, recall / withdrawal notification process, its classification, information to recipient and details of GS1 recall net were focused.

Towards the end CEO, FSSAI listed out the roles and responsibilities of the Regulator, GS1 India and Food producers and retailers. The Regulators will oversee pilot and facilitate weekly meeting with pilot participants. GS1 will provide the technology framework for Global Recall Portal service and facilitate training on best practices and usage of the portal. Food producers and retailers will provide dedicated resources and a single point of contact, for the entire duration of the pilot and initiate mock recalls using recall portal. The duration of the pilot was proposed to be 3 to 4 weeks from the date of the meeting.


Team IEC, FSSAI
 
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