Yes. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), vide an order dated 6th October 2017 (“Order”), has declared mandatory training for all Central and State licensed Food Business Operators (“FBO”) and food handlers.

FBO (Food Business Operators) as per FSSA 2006 have been defined as any undertaking, whether private or public, for profit or not, carrying out any of the activities related to any stage of manufacture, processing, packaging, storage, transportation, distribution of food, imports and including food services

A food handler is anyone who works in a food business and who either handles food or surfaces that are likely to be in contact with food such as cutlery, plates and bowls. A food handler may do many different things for a food business.

Section 16 (3) (h) of FSS Act mandates that Food Authority shall ensure training of Food Business Operator.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.

As the training will be provided by training partners approved under the Skill Development Councils and Missions, scientific and technology associations and civil society organizations that have partnered with the FSSAI, academic and vocational institutes

No. only for canteen and mess staff.

Yes. For canteen and mess staff.

The certificate provided is approved by FSSAI and will be valid for 2 years.



Either online or classroom.


The FSSAI has mandated all food businesses, having Central License or State License, to have at least one trained and certified Food Safety Supervisor for every 25 food handlers or part thereof on all their premises.

Approximately 4-8 hours it depends on the level (basic, advanced or special) of training.

Responsibility of ensuring compliance of FSS Act, 2006 rules and regulations made thereunder by the FBO’s

Enforcement is undertaken on the basis of surveillance, monitoring, inspection and random sampling of food products carried out by the Officials of Food Safety Departments

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and State Food Authorities are jointly responsible for implementation & enforcement of FSSA, 2006. The details are provided Section 29 of FSS Act, 2006.

The enforcement is primarily undertaken by all Food Safety Commissioners of State/UT along with Designated Officers and Food Safety Officers.

The details are available on FSSAI’s Official website:http://www.fssai.gov.in/home/compliance/compliance-orders.html



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