Food Safety audit in higher educational institutes


New Delhi, 23.03.18: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had undertaken third party food safety audit through auditing agencies recognised provisionally under the draft Food Safety and Standards (Food Safety Auditing) Regulations, 2017 of eleven Central educational institutions of higher learning and has received audit reports in respect of ten of these institutions. These audits were conducted on a sample basis to ascertain the compliance with the standards of food safety and hygiene prescribed under the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing & Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011.

The Audit Reports in respect of seven of these ten institutions have observed non-compliance of the prescribed standards of food safety and hygiene in varying degree.

The details of the Institutes and the agencies which conducted the audit are given below:

S.No. Name of Central Institution


Name and Contact Details of Auditing Agency
01 IIM Ahmedabad DNV GL Business Assurance.

Equinox Business Park, Tower 3, 6th Floor, Off BKC,

LBS Road, Kurla West, Mumbai – 400 070, India


02 IISc Bangalore Bureau Veritas(India) Private Limited

F-4, Sector-3, Noida- 201301


03 AIIMS Delhi Intertek India Pvt Limited

E-20, Block B1, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Estate, Mathura Road, ND 110044


04 IIM Kozhikode -do-
05 IIT Delhi -do-
06 IIT Mumbai IRCLASS Systems and Solutions Private Limited

52A, AdiShankaracharyaMarg, 2nd Floor, New Wing, Opp. Powai Lake, Powai, Mumbai-400 072

07 IIT Guwahati MS Certification Services Private Limited

3/23, RK Chatterjee Road, Kolkata-700042


08 IISER Kolkata -do-
09 IIT Chennai SGS India Pvt Ltd

Ecospace, Block – 3A, 2nd Floor, East Wing, Premises IIF/ 11, Action Area –II, Rajarhat,

NewTown,Kolkata 700156


10 AIIMS Jodhpur -do-
11 IIT Roorkee RIR Certification Private Limited,

A-210, UnitechArchadia, South City-II, Sec-49, Gurgaon-122018


After receiving the audit reports, these institutions were apprised that their Hostel mess/Canteen etc., are required to be licensed/registered from FSSAI  under Section31(1) of the Food Safety and Standards Act , 2006  and to comply with the standards of FSSAI prescribed under  its regulations. The audit report and summary of the report with important audit findings were shared with them for initiating actions for corrective actions/improvements.

To improve the level of food hygiene in their premises, these institutions have also been asked to nominate a person who can be trained and certified as a Food Safety Supervisor under FSSAI’s Food Safety Training and Certification (FoSTaC) programme.

FSSAI has requested the Ministry of Human Resource Development to issue necessary instructions to all higher educational institutes for getting their Hostel mess/Canteens etc., licenced/registered with FSSAI as per provisions of Section 31(1) of the FSS, Act, 2006.  Ministry of Human Resource Development has also been requested to consider issuing instructions to the institutes of higher education to nominate one person from amongst its officials who can be notified by FSSAI as a Food Safety Officer.

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.