Saturday, August 13, 2016

FSSAI restructures team, renames depts & creates risk assessment divn

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has restructured its team, renamed a few departments and created a division for Risk Assessment and Research and Development (RARD). The RARD division will be be headed by Dr Rubeena Shaheen, who earlier headed the product approval division. She will be accompanied by a scientist and a technical officer.
Product approval will now be a part of the standards division, headed by Anil Kumar. The imports division has been rechristened the International Trade and Cooperation Division (IT&CD). Rakesh Chandra Sharma, the former enforcement director, will be the director of this division.
According to an order related by FSSAI, the Codex Cell will deal with matters pertaining to sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures and technical barriers to trade (TBT).
An official said it had been done to ensure that the departments function in accordance to global best practices. He added, “The restructuring has been done for smooth functioning and clear division of work among the department. This will also help in eradicating overlapping in functionalities,” the officials said.
Further, the order stated that Bimal Kumar Dubey would be director, Regulatory Compliance Division (RCD), which is the erstwhile Enforcement Division. It will have a help desk reporting directly to the director.
The FSSAI laid a great deal of emphasis on the Food Safety Management System (FSMS), which will be headed by Suneeti Toteja, accompanied by two scientists.