Food Reforms: FSOs & Caterers’ Database steps to improve Indian Railways catering facilities


Food Reforms: FSOs & Caterers’ Database steps to improve Indian Railways catering facilities

A series of reformative steps, including food safety officers (FSOs) and health inspectors to carry out each task in each division of the Indian Railways and the creation of a caterers’ database, will be initiated to improve the catering facilities and food safety aboard trains and at stations.

It was decided at the meeting that FSOs will cover each division of the Indian Railways and 300 health inspectors shall be deployed across the Railways to undertake the work of the FSOs and assist them.

A database of caterers and food suppliers will be created for each division of the Indian Railways by July 15, 2018. It will contain the details of vendors, online registration details and sample test done. A divisional railway manager (DRM) and senior divisional commercial manager (senior DCM) shall be in charge of the database at the divisional level, and a chief commercial manager (CCM)/ catering at the zonal level.

FSSAI, the country’s apex food regulator, and the Indian Railways have decided to adopt a revised protocol for sample selection for food sample tests. Frequency of data collection will increase and surprise sample collection will be included in the database. A mobile app will be developed for the sample collection with the technology of geo-tagging. A decision was taken to conduct the third-party audit of vendors.

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