Sreevidhya Rajeev/ Chennai 21 (BPNS)
The Fourth State Food Safety Index (SFSI) shows a drastic change in the ranking. According to the study of Food Safety and Standards Association of India (FSSAI), Tamil Nadu has been placed as the top-ranking state. It reports an improvement in ranking compared to the 2020-2021 survey. Interestingly Kerala has a big fall with the state’s performance coming down to the sixth position.in the Food Safety Index. The sixth position for the state of Kerala was arrrived at on the basis of food safety measures, availability of manpower that includes number of Food Safety Inspectors, long pending cases, and creating consumer awareness.
In the third SFSI Index Tamil Nadu was in third place, from there it becomes the top-level state with 82 points, followed by Gujarat with 77.5 points and Maharashtra 70 points. Between small states, Goa is the top-ranking state with 56 points followed by Manipur with 44 points and Sikkim 40 points.
Among Union Territories (UTs) Jammu & Kashmir is the top-ranking UT with 68 points followed by Delhi 66 points and Chandigarh 58 points.
Tamil Nadu’s highest ranking among the Indian states has improved due to the parameters of ranking such as Human Resources and Institutional Data, Compliance, Food Testing Infrastructure and Surveillance, Training and Capacity Building, and Consumer Empowerment.