Food safety and hygiene is critically important for improving public health and consumer welfare in India. A holistic approach that includes all stakeholders and covers the entire food chain can help reduce the burden of foodborne disease. Food safety, thus, is a shared responsibility.
Nestlé shares this commitment to food safety and the quality and safety of their products is a top priority. To strengthen the food safety commitment in India, Nestlé is establishing the Nestlé Food Safety Institute India (NFSI). NFSI India will adopt a holistic and collaborative approach towards ensuring safe food for consumers that will help meet India's growing demand for healthy and safe food. It is the local interface of Nestlé’s global food safety science capabilities and leverages Nestlé’s expertise in food safety for new scientific research partnerships in the country.
The mission of NFSI India is to “build and share knowledge through collaborative partnerships to help build trust and improve food safety in India”. The company’s numerous and extensive research endeavors in food safety will provide the foundation upon which this mission is guided.
The objectives of the NFSI India are the following
· Ensure that the broad competencies and knowledge within Nestlé are fully leveraged in India and the region
· Create scientific knowledge to enable the formulation of effective and implementable risk reduction strategies
· Engage with concerned stakeholders to share knowledge and information on emerging food safety issues and support a science-based policy framework
· Support knowledge dissemination and conduct training programs
NFSI India will be an integral part of the global network of food safety experts within Nestlé. NFSI India will serve as a local interface of Nestlé’s global food safety capabilities and research, and as such, will leverage the company’s expertise in food safety science as an incentive for new research collaboration and partnerships in the country. NFSI will partner with reputable academics, government agencies, and research institutes.