Food Safety Training & Certification (FoSTaC) program is a large scale training program for food businesses across the value chain. 18 Courses have been launched under this program. The duration of the courses is from 04 to 12 hours categorized in three levels i.e. Basic, Advance, and Special for different kinds of businesses.
In terms of Section 16(3)(h) of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, FSSAI has to ensure training (whether within or outside their area) of persons who are or intend to become involved in Food Businesses.
All FBOs having Central License or State License should have at least one trained and certified Food Safety Supervisor for every 25 food handlers.
These supervisors should, in turn, carry out periodic onsite training of all food handlers at least quarterly and maintain a record thereof for food safety audits and inspections. Food handlers in all petty food businesses that are registered should be trained and certified.
Recommended Timeline to complete training
Catering, Manufacturing, Milk & Milk Products, Meat & Poultry ‐ 31/05/2020 or as mandated by Licensing & Registration regulations whichever is earlier.
Petty FBOs‐By 31/03/2021
Retail, Storage, Bakery, Water & beverages, Edible Oil & Fat, Health Supplement, Fish & Sea Food ‐ By 31/12/2020 or as mandated by Licensing & Registration regulations, by 31/12/2020 whichever is earlier.