Manipur ranked third among India’s small states behind Goa and Meghalaya in this year’s State Food Safety Index (SFSI), as per the data released by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) under the Union Health Ministry.
On the other hand, Gujarat topped the chart among the large states with 72 points, while Kerala and Tamil Nadu bagged second and third positions respectively with 70 and 64 points.
On Monday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya released the report for 2020-21. The SFSI ranking is an effort to measure food safety standards across the nation. The SFSI Index is prepared for three categories - large states, small states and Union Territories to ensure comparability among similar entities, as stated by FSSAI.
The minister also felicitated nine leading states and Union Territories (UTs) based on the 2020-21 ranking, while releasing the report. The criteria on which states’ performances are weighed for the ranking are human resources and institutional data, compliance, food testing- infrastructure and surveillance, training and capacity building, consumer empowerment.
Furthermore, Madaviya also flagged off 19 mobile food testing vans to supplement the food safety ecosystem across the country. The total number of such mobile testing vans has now reached 109, the ministry added.