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Recognition Scheme for Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies

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    16th Dec, 2020


  • Quality Council of India (QCI) at the behest of the FSSAI has come out with a Scheme for approval of Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies.

What is Food Hygiene Rating Scheme?

  • FSSAI’s initiative of ‘Food Hygiene Rating Scheme’ is a certification system for food businesses supplying food directly to consumers.
  • The food establishments are rated based on food hygiene and safety conditions observed at the time of audit.
  • The hygiene rating will be in the form of smileys (1 up to 5) and the certificate should be displayed prominently in the consumer facing area.

Who will do the compliance work?

  • The recognised Hygiene Rating Audit Agencies will be responsible for verifying the compliance with food hygiene and safety procedures laid by FSSAI and get Hygiene Rating.


  • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is an autonomous body.
  • It is established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
  • The FSSAI has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, which is a consolidating statute related to food safety and regulation in India.


  • The Quality Council of India (QCI) is a pioneering experiment of the Government of India in setting up organizations in partnership with the Indian industry.
  • It was founded in 1997.
  • The Mission of QCI is to lead nationwide quality movement in India by involving all stakeholders for emphasis on adherence to quality standards in all spheres of activities primarily for promoting and protecting interests of the nation and its citizens.

What does the scheme aim for?

  • The scheme aims to allow consumers to make informed choices/decisions pertaining to the food outlets where they eat by encouraging food businesses to improve their hygiene and safety standards.
  • Hygiene Rating Scheme can be instrumental in creating awareness amongst the consumers and developing a culture of self-compliance amongst food business operators.
  • It will improve quality of food supply and increase demand as well.
  • It will help in improving the confidence of the Indian consumer and food service operators in the basic hygiene and quality of the food.

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