Quality Council of India (QCI) has launched a Recognition Scheme for Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies.
♦ QCI has proposed a scheme to approve Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies to expand the Hygiene Rating by increasing the number of Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies recognized in the country.
♦ The scheme aims to encourage food companies to improve their hygiene and safety standards so that consumers can make informed choices/decisions about the food stores they eat.
♦ Currently, the scheme is applicable to foodservice establishments (such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, dhabhas etc.), dessert shops, bakeries and meat retail stores.
♦ A recognized Hygiene Rating Audit Agency will verify compliance with the food hygiene and safety procedures established by FSSAI.
FSSAI’s “Food Hygiene Rating Scheme” is a certification system for food companies to directly provide food to consumers internally or externally. The food establishments are rated based on the food hygiene and safety conditions observed during the audit. The hygiene level will be in the form of smileys (1 to 5), and the certificate should be prominently displayed in the consumer-facing area. A recognized Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies will be responsible for verifying compliance with the food hygiene and safety procedures established by FSSAI and obtaining a Hygiene Rating.