Gujarat, Kerala and Tamil Nadu lead the food security rankings; The peaks of Himachal in the region: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

New Delhi, September 20

Gujarat, Kerala and Tamil Nadu lead the third ranking of the Food Safety Index released by the food regulatory body on Monday, while Himachal Pradesh is the highest ranked regional state in sixth place.

Punjab and Haryana are respectively 11th and 12th among the 20 major states, with Bihar ranked last.

Among UTs, Jammu and Kashmir leads the way followed by Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Delhi and Chandigarh.

Among eight small states, Goa is ranked first and Mizoram last.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India annually publishes the state food safety index based on the overall performance of the food safety indices.

The first of these reports was released on World Food Safety Day on June 7, 2019.

The report assesses the following main indicators: availability of human resources in the food sector as a proportion of the population; global coverage of food businesses in terms of authorization and registration according to size and population; the speed of processing of consumer complaints and the availability of a helpdesk and web portals for the resolution of complaints; food analysis infrastructure and surveillance to ensure food quality; training and capacity building of regulatory and laboratory staff; and consumer empowerment through food fortification, healthy eating and restaurant hygiene assessment.

Rankings (in order of ranking)

Major States (20): Gujarat, Kerala, TN, Odisha, UP, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Telangana, Punjab, Haryana, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar

Small states (8): Goa, Meghalaya, Manipur, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Tripura, Mizoram

UT (8): J&K, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Delhi, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Ladakh, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep.

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