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State Food Safety Index

State Food Safety Index:

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published the State Food Safety Index.

Key findings of the report:

  • After adjusting for a new parameter included in the 2023 index, 15 out of 20 states recorded lower 2023 scores compared to 2019.
  • The steepest fall in scores over five years was seen in Maharashtra, Bihar, Gujarat,
  • The worst drop has been recorded in the ‘Food Testing Infrastructure’ parameter.
  • States including Maharashtra, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh all recorded lower scores for this parameter.
  • Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Jharkhand, meanwhile, recorded lower scores for the ‘Compliance’ parameter.
  • The ‘Human Resources and Institutional Data’ parameter, was given the third highest weightage of 18 per cent in 2023 (20 per cent in previous years).
  • The only parameter that recorded significant improvement was ‘Training and Capacity Building’, which was given the least weightage of 8 per cent in 2023 (10 per cent in previous years).