Food Smart Consumer portal is an online platform developed to provide credible information to consumers about food safety, hygiene & nutrition. Major highlights of the website include claim/myth busters, smart buying guides, consumer rights, guidance notes of consumer interest & an access to resource gallery comprising of popular publications of FSSAI.
Consumers can also raise their grievance through this platform related to food safety for effective & timely redressal by state authorities & food businesses. Food businesses appoint one nodal officer & are also trained at back hand to effectively redress the consumer grievances.
Towards securing National Food Safety, FSSAI wishes to bring each citizen onboard to share their concerns regarding food safety violations. This portal allows a consumer to share their concerns, know their rights, track Food Business Operators license/registration certificate authenticity and view related articles/videos on food safety.
1. CLEAN: Wash hands and surfaces often
Bacteria can be spread throughout the kitchen and get onto hands, cutting boards, utensils, counter tops and food. To ensure that your hands and surfaces are clean, be sure to:
2. SEPARATE: Separate raw meats from other foods
Cross-contamination can occur when bacteria are spread from one food product to another. This is especially common when handling raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs. The key is to keep these foods – and their juices – away from ready-to-eat foods.
To prevent cross-contamination, remember to:
3. COOK: Cook to the right temperatures
Food is safely cooked when it reaches a high enough internal temperature to kill the harmful bacteria that cause illness. Refer to the Safe Cooking Temperatures Chart for the proper internal temperatures.
To ensure that your foods are cooked safely, always:
4. CHILL: Refrigerate foods promptly
Refrigerate foods quickly because cold temperatures slow the growth of harmful bacteria. Do not over-stuff the refrigerator. Cold air must circulate to help keep food safe. Keeping a constant refrigerator temperature of 40ºF or below is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of food borne illness. Use an appliance thermometer to be sure the temperature is consistently 40ºF or below and the freezer temperature is 0ºF or below.
To chill foods properly:
As a consumer you have certain rights with regards to the food and food products you purchase. You also have a redressal mechanism to help you. All you have to do is to be aware and exercise your rights.
It is mandatory that every package of food intended for sale should carry a label that bears all the information required under FSS (Packaging and Labelling) Regulation, 2011. Food package must carry a Label with the following information :
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